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Hitchcock exhibit pulling in big crowds in Paris

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No filmmaker left more hearts in throats than the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, and now, 20 years after his death, one of Paris' leading museums helps you trace the roots of his work.

The Pompidou Center is drawing big crowds this summer with "Hitchcock: Fatal Coincidences," an unusual exhibit that focuses on his films but also features other forms of art traditionally found at museums.

The exhibit includes 200 artworks that evoke haunting scenes from Hitchcock's thrillers and that curators believe inspired him. The works — from paintings by Paul Klee to illustrated books of Edgar Allan Poe — are juxtaposed with 300 photographs from shooting sessions, along with storyboards, sketches and clips from his films.

"The works presented in this exhibition invite the viewer to better understand certain visual connivances nourished by the Hitchcockian universe," said Dominique Paini, one of the exhibit's curators.

Crime stories are among the influences cited in the exhibit. The young Hitchcock followed murder cases in local newspapers, and voraciously read detective fiction and thrillers, gobbling up anything by Poe.

Hitchcock once observed, "I've tried to put in my films what Edgar Allan Poe put in his novels: a completely unbelievable story told to the readers with such spellbinding logic that you get the impression that the same thing could happen to you tomorrow."