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Patrick Garland obituary

23 April 2013 3:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Director and writer celebrated for his work at Chichester Festival theatre and the BBC

The career of Patrick Garland, who has died aged 78, was as varied as it was productive. An actor, producer, director, writer and anthologist, he was a leading light of the BBC TV arts department for 12 years, twice artistic director of the Chichester Festival theatre and a close friend and associate of Alan Bennett, Rex Harrison, Eileen Atkins and Simon Callow.

Although he harboured ambitions in feature films, and directed a 1971 television adaptation of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose (starring Richard Harris and an Emmy award-winning Jenny Agutter), as well as a creditable 1973 movie of Ibsen's A Doll's House (with Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins), his life developed in the theatre. Much of his work was informed by his love of literature, and the poetry of Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin and John Clare. In »

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Jennifer Saunders blasts Viva Forever! critics and Psycho was a comedy

12 February 2013 9:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Also this week, Mrs Brown's Boys causes a heart attack and Harry Hill comes to the rescue

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Johnny Vegas has claimed that Daniel Kitson made him quit standup – but is vowing to return and find "closure". "Kitson is the reason I stopped stand-up," the comedy website Chortle quotes Vegas as saying at the Leicester comedy festival. "I did three gigs with him. On the first, I thought, 'This is brilliant, I've got to pull my socks up and get my act together.' On the second, I felt I'd gone 15 rounds with the comedic Mike Tyson. And on the third, I felt I'd seen comedy take its next evolutionary step … I thought I would never have the talent to match that." Vegas also addressed his unease with fame, saying that "the most fun I had was with gigs where I was a complete unknown and »

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Jennifer Saunders blasts Viva Forever! critics and Psycho was a comedy

12 February 2013 9:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Also this week, Mrs Brown's Boys causes a heart attack and Harry Hill comes to the rescue

This week's comedy news

Johnny Vegas has claimed that Daniel Kitson made him quit standup – but is vowing to return and find "closure". "Kitson is the reason I stopped stand-up," the comedy website Chortle quotes Vegas as saying at the Leicester comedy festival. "I did three gigs with him. On the first, I thought, 'This is brilliant, I've got to pull my socks up and get my act together.' On the second, I felt I'd gone 15 rounds with the comedic Mike Tyson. And on the third, I felt I'd seen comedy take its next evolutionary step … I thought I would never have the talent to match that." Vegas also addressed his unease with fame, saying that "the most fun I had was with gigs where I was a complete unknown and »

- Brian Logan

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Did You Know Hitchcock Thought 'Psycho' Was a Big Joke and Was Horrified People Took It Seriously?

8 February 2013 5:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, created one of the finest horror films in cinema history when he directed Psycho in 1960. Loosely inspired by the Ed Gein murders, Hitch cast Anthony Perkins in his California-set story as a stunted man with major mommy issues, Norman Bates. Four years after the film became a smashing success, the director spoke freely about his movie that caused controversy for its unprecedented scenes of sexuality, violence and… a flushing toilet. Hitch was a guest on English television show Monitor, where he wondered, Why so serious? when it came to his horror opus: "I once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called Psycho. A lot of people looked at this thing and said what a dreadful thing to do, how awful, and so forth. The content as...

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Alfred Hitchcock: 'Psycho was a joke'

8 February 2013 4:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In a newly discovered 1964 tape from the BBC archives, the director makes the remarks about his most shocking film. But would he be horrified to find people taking him seriously?

It was the film that outraged the censors, terrified the public and prompted the Observer's film critic to storm out of a preview screening and resign in disgust. Yet it now transpires that Psycho may have been tragically misunderstood. Its director, Alfred Hitchcock, always intended it as a comedy.

"The content was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke," Hitchcock explains in a new discovered tape from the BBC archives. "I was horrified to find some people took it seriously."

Hitchcock's made his - perhaps slightly tongue-in-cheek – comments on the BBC show Monitor in July 1964, four years after Psycho's release. The interview now features on the audiobook Alfred Hitchcock: In His Own Words.

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Psycho thriller? No, it was all a big joke | Media Monkey

8 February 2013 1:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Its shower scene is one of the most famous in cinema history and has spawned many pale imitations over the past 50 years, but Alfred Hitchcock apparently meant his 1960 suspense horror film Psycho to be a comedy, the Mirror and Telegraph report. An interview with the director has just been unearthed in BBC archives and reveals his real aim. "I once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called Psycho. The content was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke. I was horrified some people took it seriously," he told the TV programme Monitor in July 1964. That Hitchcock, eh? Still springing surprises from beyond the grave.

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Alfred Hitchcock: 'Psycho was meant to be a comedy'

7 February 2013 10:13 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Recently-released interviews with iconic film director Alfred Hitchcock have revealed that he intended classic horror picture Psycho to be a comedy.

The Telegraph reports that interviews from the BBC archives confirm Hitchcock believed the movie to be interpreted in a humorous manner.

Speaking on TV show Monitor in July 1964, Hitchcock described the 1960 film as "tongue-in-cheek".

"A lot of people looked at this thing and said, 'What a dreadful thing to do, how awful', and so forth," Hitchcock explained.

"The content as such was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke. I was horrified to find that some people took it seriously."

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Hitchcock also claimed that he wanted audiences "giggling with pleasure" at the film.

There has long been speculation as to how the film was intended to be viewed, with fans being divided over its intentions.

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Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' was meant to be comedy

7 February 2013 9:27 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Feb uary 28 8: Alfred Hitchcock has revealed in a newly unearthed interview that his iconic horror film 'Psycho' was intended to be a comedy.

Hitchcock told the TV programme Monitor in July 1964 that he had once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called 'Psycho,' whose content was rather amusing and a big joke.

He said that he was horrified to find that some people took it -seriously as it was intended to make people scream and yell and so forth - but no more than screaming and yelling on a switchback railway, the Mirror reported.

"So you mustn't go too far because you want them to get off the railway. »

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