The Master of Suspense is in the midst of a curious rebirth of sorts. It’s not like Alfred Hitchcock needed one — his films have always tantalized movie fans and revival house audiences — but the British auteur, who died in 1980, is getting some extra special attention this year. And not all of it places the master’s ample silhouette in a favorable light.
On the heels of Hitchcock’s Vertigo taking over the #1 spot on the famed Sight & Sound list of the Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time, and the recent restoration of the director’s 1928 silent comedy Champagne, come two narrative features about the legendary filmmaker, Hitchcock and The Girl. Here’s a preview of both.
:: The Girl
It’s a well-known fact that Hitchcock didn’t care much for actors (He said, “If an actor asks, ‘What’s my motivation?’, I say, ‘Your salary.'”), but he did care very deeply for one actor: Tippi Hedren, star of Hitchcock’s The Birds, and a focus of his uncomfortable obsession. This HBO film follows the story of Hitchcock’s discovery of Hedren on a TV commercial, her participation in The Birds, and the control the director exercised over her career. Remember, he once said, “In feature films, the director is God.”
The Girl is directed by Julian Jarrold (the 1974 chapter of Red Riding), and stars Toby Jones as Hitchcock, and Sienna Miller as Hedren. You can check out an interview with “The Girl” herself, Tippi Hedren, currently available on HBO’s website.
Release Date: The Girl premieres exclusively on HBO this Saturday night, October 20.
This simply titled biography tells another story about the filmmaker and a woman — this time, his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) during the 1959 production of Hitchcock’s legendary suspense thriller, Psycho. The great Anthony Hopkins takes on the role of the man who frightened Janet Leigh (Scarlet Johansson) into never showering again and, if you had to compare, seems to take on the physical look of Hitchcock more accurately than Jones, as featured in the teaser movie poster below (though that may have less to do with the actors themselves, and more with the hair, makeup and wardrobe teams on either film).
Entertainment Weekly is featuring the Hitchcock movie poster you see here, a brilliant take on Psycho’s credit sequence design, and below is that teaser poster.
Hitchcock is directed by Sacha Gervasi, whose only previous feature-length film is the beloved metal documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil.
Release Date: Hitchcock opens in limited release in the US on November 23, 2012, Australia in January 2013 the UK in February 2013.