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Hitchcock 2012

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Anthony Hopkins plays the legendary director in this biopic that chronicles the personal and professional relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the making of his 1960 classic 'Psycho'. It's 1959 and, increasingly worried about his relevance, Hitchcock decides a change of direction is what is needed. He settles on adapting Robert Bloch's true crime novel 'Psycho', despite the protestations of both Alma and Paramount President Barney Balaban (Richard Portnow). Having to mortgage their house to pay for the film, Alma's initial opposition soon gives way to support, as she dutifully throws herself fully behind the project. But as her husband begins to indulge himself in his trademark flights of fancy with a variety of blonde stars, Alma, whilst trying to keep the marriage on the rails, is determined that her own needs take centre stage.

Starring:
Toni Collette, Richard Portnow
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Toni Collette, Richard Portnow, Ralph Macchio, James D'Arcy, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith, Danny Huston, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jessica Biel, Anthony Hopkins
Director Sacha Gervasi
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 16 August 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Toni Collette, Richard Portnow, Ralph Macchio, James D'Arcy, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith, Danny Huston, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jessica Biel, Anthony Hopkins
Director Sacha Gervasi
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 16 August 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
Alfred Hitchcock is rightly regarded as one of the greatest movie directors of all time, and "Psycho" is rightly regarded as one of his greatest films.

So how better to tell the story than with a light, tongue-in-cheek tale about Hitchcock's marital woes and battles with the studio? "Hitchcock" is a fun movie with some genuinely brilliant acting, particularly by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, and it does show us how even the greatest have to fight for their art. But it also shies away from any kind of depth.

In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) had another runaway success with "North by Northwest," but is bothered by a reporter's implication that his best work is behind him. While the studios offer him their best (such as adapting "Casino Royale"), Hitchcock wants to reclaim the raw artistic thrill of his younger days. So he decides to adapt a bestselling horror novel, "Psycho."

His wife Alma (Mirren) quickly warms to the idea, despite wanting to do her own writing projects with her friend Whitfield Cook (Danny Huston). But the studio balks, forcing Hitchcock to finance the movie with his own money.

But Alma is soon annoyed by studio meddling and Hitchcock's constant ogling of the beautiful blonde Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson). Hitchcock begins to suspect that Alma is having an affair with Whit, and the stress takes a toll on both his health and the movie shoot. At the same time, he is plagued with insecurities about the movie's future, and whether it will sink his career.

Hitchcock is a man who is still something of an enigma today, but "Hitchcock" doesn't really try to explore him in any depth.
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Hitchcock is an entertaining film based upon his time around the making of Psycho.It stars Helen Mirren as AlmaReville(Hitchcock's wife) and Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock.Hitch has the desire to make a new more shocking movie as he feels the need to change his approach to win a larger audience.In Psycho the famous scene is the shower scene where Marion Crane(Scarlett Johansson/Janet Leigh) is killed off in the first half hour.We also see Vera Miles(Jessica Biel)playing Marion's sister.She remains in contract to Hitch although he feels she let him down by becoming pregnant 2 weeks before the making of Vertigo.Anthony Hopkins plays Hitch as a grumpy soul but not unlikeable,liking his chocolate cakes and shots of whiskey,to the annoyance of Alma.He also is shown to get `visits' from Ed Gein,the psychopath killer,upon whom Robert Bloch's Psycho is based.He seems to have imaginary conversations with him.

Not an impersonation more an impression,Hopkins bulks large,stands imperious he seems like a cross between Churchill and Tommy Cooper("Hitch to you.Hold onto the cock"to Janet Leigh).Alma played with intelligence and humour by Mirren is shown to be Hitch's main creative partner(lifelong) and support.She also has a writer friend, Whit(Danny Huston)she is doing a script with,which causes Hitch to have sleepless nights as he fears she'll leave him.To compound problems the film is 2 days behind schedule and is $60,000 over budget,and Hitch is having trouble with the MPAA censor about nudity and stabbing,who threatens to deny it a certificate.He also becomes ill with stress and collapses and Alma stands in for his director's role for a day or two.Only Hitchcock believed in this project,nobody else did.
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Hitchcock", a film about the making of the horror classic "Psycho". Anthony Hopkins simply is Alfred Hitchcock and there is a great on screen chemistry between him and his co star Helen Mirren, who plays his wife Alma. Scarlett Johansson also plays a significant part in the movie as Janet Leigh, the leading lady in "Psycho"."Hitchcock" tells the tale of the making of "Psycho", highlighting the fact that Hitchcock had to fund the film himself as his film studio partners, Paramount had serious qualms about it's content and were sceptical about its likely success at the box office. The director had to mortgage his house to make the film.However a lot of the movie deals with Hitchcock's marriage and his suspicions of there being an affair between Alma and an ambitious , younger writer. "Hitchcock" is an enjoyable light drama and it gives interesting insights into both the personal life of the "Master of Suspense" ,as well as his working life and his relationships with actors , censors and film studio chiefs.
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The opening scene of Hitchcock is smart, wicked and dryly funny. It promises something which most of what follows doesn't deliver. Hitchcock, alas, isn't an intriguing biopic or sharp black comedy, both of which it could have been, but a light romantic drama. Why? I don't know. Maybe the producers wanted it to be more marketable. The tagline gives the film's ambitions away: "behind every Psycho is a great woman". It's more about Alfred Hitchcock's relationship with his wife, Alma Reville, and her (alleged?) temptation by the novelist Whitfield Cook. Though it's not as bad, Hitchcock the film has the same flaws as Sylvia, the 2003 biopic of Sylvia Plath: it's just a brightly coloured period piece propelled by a weak soap opera plot. While it's nice that the film acknowledges Alma's relevance to Hitchcock's work, which I'm sure was very considerable, this is a story about the making of Psycho, one of the most important thrillers in cinema, yet it's explored on the level of a Hugh Grant rom com. The best bits are when Hitchcock imagines the life of Ed Gein, the serial killer whose crimes Psycho was inspired by, and "interacts" with him. These scenes have a dark, macabre energy, which are then deflated by scenes of Alma being tempted by Cook, which outnumber the former scenes 2 to 1. Apparently the filmmakers thought we'd be more interested in a hackneyed "will they/won't they" plot than the dreams and obsessions of a historical figure.

As a biopic, however, what raises Hitchcock above the likes of Sylvia is its excellent cast. Anthony Hopkins is so good as Alfred Hitchcock that I forgot I was watching the former and not the latter. The makeup and costuming's great, of course, but what really distinguishes this performance, I think, is the voice.
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