Hitchcock: Film Vs. Literature (Pure Cinema)

Film vs. Literature

Hitchcock sensed from the start of his career the vital distinctions between film and literature as separate and different mediums. He showed scorn for faithful screen adaptations of previously published novels.

He once said: “What I do is read a story only once, and if I like the basic idea, I just forget all about the book and start to create cinema.”

What he took from classic or contemporary novels (and stories) is not the thematic contents, but rather the moral and psychological elements associated with the characters.

Hitchcock said he was less interested in the stories themselves than in the manner of telling them.