Dark Side of Genius
Donald Spoto

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Narrated By: Jeff Riggenbach

Duration: 23 hours and 27 minutes

What to expect

The story of the man who changed people’s relationships with their showers forever, thanks to Psycho, this is the classic, Edgar Award–winning biography of the enigmatic and intensely private Alfred Hitchcock. One of America’s greatest film directors, his suspenseful subject matter ranged from the dark drama of a man possibly trying to kill his wife, to the humorous problem of disposing of a body, to the ecological underpinnings of an attack by fowl fiends in a sleepy harbor town. Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the roots of Hitchcock’s obsessions—with food, murder, and idealized love, among others—and traces the origins of his incomparable, bizarre genius, from his childhood and education to the golden years of his career. Based on interviews with his writers, actors, and longtime associates, and on exhaustive research, The Dark Side of Genius is the definitive biography of Alfred Hitchcock.


Biography: arts and entertainment, Biography: historical, political and military

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“The finest book about a filmmaker yet. Sensational in its revelations; at the same time, a biography of unassailable integrity. I could not put it down.”

Gregory Peck

“Absolutely compulsory reading.”

New York Times Book Review

“A vivid and perceptive portrait…Knowledgeable and revealing.”


“With unblinking objectivity and insight, Spoto sets a balanced account of a man who shaped his fears and repressions into a powerful and popular art.”


“Ranks with the best literary and political lives.”

Observer (London)

 “An exemplary piece of cinema scholarship.”

Washington Post

“A real page-turner, and as complete a picture as we are likely to get.”