In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho (1960), over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Alfred's work even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams. Written by
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Hitchcock was offered "Casino Royale" to direct. It would have preceded "Dr. No" as the first James Bond film by two years if if it was made at that time. "Casino Royales"'s screen rights were sold separately from the other Ian Flemimg classics. It was first made into a TV drama with Barry Nelson and later Charles K. Feldman produced the first screen version in 1967 as a satire with Peter Sellers, David Niven and Woody Allen See more »
When Hitch is seated in front of his TV set watching a cartoon while listening to a classical record album, the piece that is heard, which is correctly credited, is the scherzo movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's 3rd Symphony (Eroica). However the record album cover that is on top of the TV-stereo console is entitled "Beethoven Overtures." See more »
It's lucky it didn't reach the house.
You know, there's gonna be a lot more jobs at that factory in Milwaukee come June. I could put in a word.
You can't leave us, Henry. She needs us both.
Can you stop being a mama's boy for one second? I'm not trying to hurt you, but Jesus, you gotta live your own life sometime. That woman can take care of her own god...
[Ed hits Henry with a shovel]
Good evening. Well, brother has been killing brother since Cain and Abel, yet even I didn't ...
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As Hitch addresses his audience at the end of the picture, he tells us that he is bereft of ideas for his next picture... then a large, black bird lands on his shoulder. See more »
While I enjoy watching historical biopics, I don't like the ones that mess with the facts, especially when the subject matter is a favourite of mine. Hitchcock has long been a favourite director, so I awaited with interest this film which depicts him as he devises and shoots the legendary PSYCHO.
Unfortunately, what Hollywood ultimately delivers is nothing more than an exercise in feminist revisionism, and that's all down to Helen Mirren who play Hitch's wife. Apparently, Mirren refused the role at first as it lacked 'meat' and 'importance'; thus, a number of spurious
and ludicrous - angles were added to the movie to better accommodate
her. According to this film, Hitch's wife directed part of the movie, inspired her husband, and came up with the best ideas, all of which is complete nonsense of course and a bit of an insult to the great director himself.
Aside from that, the film isn't bad, so it's a pity that the huge flaws stopped me from enjoying it (it's more fantasy than realist). Anthony Hopkins is a nice fit for Hitchcock, but I found his prosthetics to be too distracting and unrealistic (and, after all, there's only one Hitch). The supporting cast is better, with Scarlett Johansson (as Janet Leigh), Michael Wincott (as Ed Gein), Kurtwood Smith (as a censor) and Michael Stuhlbarg (as an executive) really standing out.
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