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The latest attempt to bring Alfred Hitchcock's life to the screen paints the Master as a crafty hoodwinker triumphing over drab studio execs
F Scott Fitzgerald claimed that, back in 1920, he'd tried to persuade Dw Griffith that the film industry was a wonderful subject for the cinema. Griffith laughed at the idea, but not for the first time Fitzgerald was proved right. He went on to write a series of stories and a great unfinished novel on Hollywood, and since the silent era there has been no end to the making of movies about movie-making. Particular interest has recently been shown in Alfred Hitchcock, one of only two movie directors whose faces are immediately recognisable to popular audiences the world over. The other, of course, is Hitchcock's fellow working-class Londoner, Charlie Chaplin.
- Philip French
This shallow, naive biopic of the Master has had its thunder totally stolen by the far superior recent TV film
Here is a film that looks worryingly like the world's longest awards ceremony clip, featuring famous Hollywood figures dressing up as other famous Hollywood figures in the clear expectation of silverware. It is about Alfred Hitchcock making his pulp-nightmare masterpiece Psycho, a career departure on which he gambled his reputation and, indeed, his own money. The result is self-conscious and unsatisfying: a shallow and naive celebratory biopic.
Anthony Hopkins climbs into the fat suit and latex jowls to impersonate the master; Helen Mirren does a routine job as his wife and unsung collaborator Alma Reville; Scarlett Johansson gives a creamy and bland turn as Janet Leigh – though James D'Arcy is certainly an eerily precise Anthony Perkins. This movie's problem is that it has been upstaged and outclassed – and its confected »
- Peter Bradshaw
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
How much should likeness play into a performance? This is a question I found myself wrestling with when watching Sacha Gervasi’s (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) biopic of arguably the greatest filmmaker who has ever lived, The Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.
Even if the script were in place – which it isn’t – there’s a troubling extravagance in the peculiarly Oscar-nominated make-up job Anthony Hopkins is subjected to, which renders him virtually unrecognisable, but also stifles his performance and prevents it from amounting to anything more than Anthony Hopkins playing himself while trying to play Alfred Hitchcock.
Though the film centers around the relationship between Hitch and his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), as they begin production on the director’s most famous film, Psycho, Gervasi eschews an intimate examination of the director’s methods and personality in favour of documenting the childish »
- Shaun Munro
The title of this so-called biopic is somewhat misleading, as Sacha Gervasi’s take on the great British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock is more a study of a particular section of his life, as we delve into his marriage with wife Alma Reville amidst the making of his seminal feature Psycho.
Such an approach certainly proves to be less overbearing as it allows the audience a chance to learn a lot about a short period of his life, rather than learning very little about the whole thing.
Anthony Hopkins takes on the role of Hitchcock, who is struggling to find the funding for his latest, and rather controversial, project Psycho. Despite his untarnished reputation in Hollywood, Hitchcock is finding it difficult to persuade Paramount to support his movie, regardless of his agent’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) best efforts. However when he and his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) decide to fund the picture themselves, »
- Stefan Pape
Directed by Sacha Gervasi.
Hitchcock is based on Stephen Rebello‘s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, but if you are looking forward to watching this film simply because you want a behind the scenes insight into how the classic 1960s horror film was made, you are in for a pleasant surprise. This film delivers so much more than just an insight into the psyche of the iconic director whilst creating his most successful film; it also tackles Hitchcock’s intricate relationship with his wife and (not always credited) writing partner Alma, played superbly by Helen Mirren (The Queen).
The film »
To celebrate the February 8th release of Hitchcock, we’ve got three merchandise packs to give away! Each pack includes a t-shirt, pen, CD soundtrack, cup and saucer, and a copy of Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho on which the film is based…as pictured, a quite tremendous prize.
Hitchcock is 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 and our review will be here in a week!
Directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil), Hitchcock stars Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day; The Silence of the Lambs) as Alfred Hitchcock, Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren (The Debt; The Queen) as Alma Reville and Scarlett Johansson (Marvel Avengers Assemble; Lost in Translation) as Janet Leigh. »
- Dan Bullock
To celebrate the February 8 release of Hitchcock, we’ve got three merchandise packs to give away! Each pack includes a t-shirt, pen, CD soundtrack, cup and saucer, and a copy of Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho on which the film is based.
Hitchcock is 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.
Directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil), Hitchcock stars Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day; The Silence of the Lambs) as Alfred Hitchcock, Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren (The Debt; The Queen) as Alma Reville and Scarlett Johansson (Marvel Avengers Assemble; Lost in Translation) as Janet Leigh. The cast also includes: James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas, W.E.) as Anthony Perkins, Jessica Biel »
7 items from 2013
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