The Bizarre Process of Writing ‘North by Northwest’ | Screenwriting


Today, I want to take a look at how Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Ernest Lehman managed to take a vague mistaken-identity concept and a Hitchcockian set piece and turn it into the iconic adventure we have come to know.

This video essay was written, edited, and narrated by Tyler Knudsen.


Hitchcock at Work by Bill Krohn


Destination Hitchcock – The Making of North by Northwest

Cinephilia & Beyond –

Hitchcock at the NFT (1969) – Eyes on Cinema –

Creative Screenwriting (2000) – “North by Northwest”: An Interview with Ernest Lehman –

Sequencing the North by NorthWest Crop Dusting Scene-

American Film (1976) – Dialogue on Film: Ernest Lehman –

3 Views of North by Northwest –

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