F.T:In your opinion, should a film suggest painting, literature, or music?
A.H. The main objective is to arouse the audience’s emotion, and that emotion arises from the way in which the story unfolds, from the way in which sequences are juxtaposed. At times, I have the feeling I’m an orchestra conductor, a trumpet sound corresponding to a close shot and a distant shot suggesting an entire orchestra performing a muted accompaniment. At other times, by using colors and lights in front of beautiful landscapes, I feel I am a painter. On the other hand, I’m wary of literature: A good book does not necessarily make a good film.
(50 hour Truffaut’s interview with Hitchcock, 1955, Saint-Maurice studios, ]oinville)