Those Hitchcock Movies: "Hitchcock" & "The Girl"

What makes the Master of Suspense PSYCHO? People using their cell phones in movie theaters, of course. Word has gotten out that Anthony Hopkins’ Alfred Hitchcock has recorded a PSA to help put an end to the madness. Watch it here.

Opening in limited theaters November 23 is Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, “a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville.” The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie Psycho.

The film stars Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, along with Helen Mirren as his wife. Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

The project is based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello that tracks how Hitchcock, at the height of his game as a director, decided to make a “lowly” horror movie. No studio wanted to touch it initially, so Hitchcock scrounged for financing by himself. The movie, of course, became one of his biggest hits and one of the most influential of all time.


Two facts are already well known: Alfred Hitchcock loved casting cool blondes in his films, and Tippi Hedren was plucked from obscurity to star in two of them, "The Birds" and "Marnie." The director's obsession with, and abuse of, that particular leading lady provides the basis for "The Girl," an intoxicating HBO/BBC collaboration anchored by splendid performances from Toby Jones and Sienna Miller. Now 82, Hedren has publicly endorsed this account, and even with dramatic embellishment, it's a story likely to leave anyone weaned on the Hitchcock filmography feeling -- pardon the expression -- spellbound. - Variety

The Girl premieres on HBO this Saturday (October 20th) at 9pm/8c