In 1962, François Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a weeklong interview in which the great British director would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema. At the time Hitchcock was dismissed by critics as a mere commercial entertainer, but a hugely influential book, Hitchcock/Truffaut, that Truffaut crafted from their conversation forever changed Hitchcock’s reputation. Based on the original recordings of their meeting, this fascinating film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plunges us into the world of the creator of Psycho, Vertigo and The Birds. As filmmaker Kent Jones highlights the main topics with a large number of clips (legendary and lesser known) from Hitchcock’s films, 10 contemporary cinema greats reiterate the esthetic, technical and narrative questions at the heart of these conversations with Truffaut. And thanks to the original sound recordings, it is as if the book suddenly comes to life: Hitchcock and Truffaut, with their intonations, hesitations and laughter, answer Martin Scorsese, Arnaud Desplechin, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich and others, resurrecting this fabled one-week encounter and 20-year friendship.