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5.0 out of 5 stars Alma, directing Alfred.
In 2012 the film Hitchcock came to a cinema near me.
Sad to say, it did not stay very long, or, in any way get the acclaim it deserved.
Enough has not been said about this magnificently directed film by Gervasi, and the outstanding acting by Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Scarlett Johannson.
We are invited to share Alma's and Alfred's life before,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock: The Alma Reville Story
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alma, directing Alfred., 8 May 2014
This review is from: Hitchcock [DVD] (DVD)
In 2012 the film Hitchcock came to a cinema near me.
Sad to say, it did not stay very long, or, in any way get the acclaim it deserved.
Enough has not been said about this magnificently directed film by Gervasi, and the outstanding acting by Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Scarlett Johannson.
We are invited to share Alma's and Alfred's life before, during, and after the making of Psycho( 1960 ).
Alfred suffers a crisis, Alma claims, that he always does, when after finishing a film, he has not yet found another project/film.
Alma suffers a crisis. Tired of Alfred's eternal pattern: happy and hard-working on his current film, invariably captivated by his current leading lady, his constant spying on everybody, Alma included, his directing the lives of other people, outside the film studios, too.
After finishing a film, he falls into a black abyss, until a new project presents itself.
This time she has chosen to work with another director, falling a little in love and making a little a fool of herself in the proces,
An act of revenge on her part in their on-going, marital Thirty-years-war.
Their marriage is one of thirty years. There is not much, if anything at all, they do not know about each other.
But this time the recurring crisis seems to be deeper, and more serious than ever before.
To emphasize the seriousness of the crisis, doppelganger-scenes have been made good use of.
The uncanny, gruesome, original inspiration for the book, and later the film, appears as Alfred's doppelganger.
This is a man who suffers from a Mother- problem. He cannot charm women, or be charmed by them, in the old fashioned way, he kills them and keeps their clothing and jewellery for his own, secret mise-en-scene,
and dressing-up games.
Anthony Perkins was cast for the role because of his good looks, and his supposed problems with women.
At some point in the problems concerning filming "Psycho" grew out of proportions. Alma and Alfred solved their predicament by working together, their usual option.
Alma then assumed her usual, dominating role in their partnership, and Alfred was able to work again, now that order was restored.
There is nothing which suggests that their individual/ and mutual crisis resulted in individual/or mutual growth or development.
They go on as before: Alfred working hard, pursuing his leading ladies, spying on people, and Alma living out the role which they have created for her.

Ever So Pleased with Ourselves: My Doppelganger and Me, Bodil Marie
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Personal Story, 22 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Hitchcock [DVD] (DVD)
'Hitchcock', the film, was a great surprise. It did not seem like a film, Iwould enjoy, but the actors, anthony Hopkns ( who by the way, bears a remarkablee likeness in speech, walk, actions and looks ) and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma.

What we have in this film, is the personal side of life of Hitchcock and his wife. At one point Alma tells someone that Hitch worked for her, she was the boss. She is, in fact, the unheralded writer and fixer of his scripts. She was beautiful and sexy, and, even thought appears their marriage had grown sexless, they were devoted to each other.

The film is also about the making if films in the 'old' days of the studio systems of x-rating and looking at every aspect of the film. Hitchcock was having a dry period in filming, and found a script he liked about a serial killer, which turned into 'Pyscho'. The studio hated the idea, Alma found the subject gross, but Hitchcok was adamant. He had to mortgage their belived home and pool. It says a great deal that Alma agreed to this. Her home was truly her castle. The making of the film and the underlying pinnings of Hitchcock's attractions to his lady stars, is a large part of this film. We are also left to wonder if Alma went astray from time to time.

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren turn in extraordinary performances. I liked this film a great deal

Highly Recommended. prisrob 09-22-13
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great glimpse into the life of a great director at his peak., 3 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Hitchcock [DVD] (DVD)
I knew very little about Hitchcock, such as the tales about his fascination with some of his blonde leading ladies. This film looks at some of these well-known stories about him, but focuses on a segment of his long career, as he makes one of his greatest movies: Psycho. Really a good idea, as there is a sense of authenticity and close attention to the man at a particularly trying point in his life, and to the domestic life away from the film sets. You get a feel of what Hitchcock would have been like to work with, or to live with. This film also shows his frustrations, his vulnerability, as well as his work ethic. Anthony Hopkins has captured something of Hitchcock, beautifully, right down to the way he moves his mouth, or walks. Great acting. Also great is Helen Mirren as Alma, who collaborated with Hitchcock, and was a real strength behind the man. He was human, and a scene showing him secretly gorging out of the fridge at night, then dutifully eating raw salad in front of Alma at the table, was humorous as well as a little touching. The acting, period costumes, and sets are all wonderful , & I would highly recommend "Hitchcock" if you are interested in the life and works of the great director. The DVD has some good extras as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable with excellent acting, 10 Jan. 2014
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Excellent casting of Anthony Hopkins & Helen Mirren. We enjoyed the TV documentary more which detailed more into his personal life and how his obsession was with his lead ladies, however this didn't detract our enjoyment of this version, it was different and well worth watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock: The Alma Reville Story, 10 July 2013
This review is from: Hitchcock [DVD] (DVD)
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. It's perfect, capturing Hitchcock's smugness as well as his insecurity, his dark humour and relationship with women. Hopkins deserved at least an Oscar-nomination for this role. Like a lot of great actors, his mere presence and commitment elevate banal material. Helen Mirren's also very good as Alma, though I wonder if she influenced the inflation of Alma's role. One doesn't easily relegate an actress like Mirren to a subordinate part. Maybe, though, the film was always Alma's story, and that's why Mirren was chosen. Scarlett Johansson gives a fine performance as Janet Leigh (Marion Crane), but she's given little to do. She almost seems to be there just out of necessity: you can't make a film about Psycho without mentioning Janet Leigh. The same goes for James D'Arcy, who has one good scene as Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates), when he's in Hitchcock's office and relating a strange childhood memory, but after that has even less to do than Johansson. Jessica Biel is instantly forgettable as Vera Miles, because the film makes her so.

Perhaps another flaw of Hitchcock is that, for a film about the making of Psycho, it's weirdly coy and twee. Perkins' bisexuality is alluded to once, with an effeminate gesture by Hitchcock's secretary, and though the stuff with Ed Gein (Michael Wincott) is effective, it's also sporadic. I get the impression that this film isn't a biopic so much as a middling romance with history drizzled over it. It has a few good scenes, and the central acting is superb, but Alfred Hitchcock was a deeper, darker man, I think, than this mainstream fluff will admit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars -- charming and light, 21 Feb. 2015
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Stanley Crowe (Greenville, SC) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hitchcock [DVD] (DVD)
3 1/2 stars -- The movie focuses on the period in Hitchcock's life, around 1959-60, between the success of "North by Northwest" and the first showing of "Psycho," so it's a matter of a creative genius of a certain kind trying to turn his attention to a new project that will surprise or shock people -- and, as we all know, he succeeded. Anthony Hopkins, carefully bulked up, is Hitchcock, and the human interest derives from Hitchcock's awareness of his age and declining health (although he would in fact live for another two decades), and his continuing fascination with blonde stars that he casts in his movies (Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, here) that is coming to seem a bit pathetic to his wife of thirty years, Alma (Helen Mirren), who is also his closest creative collaborator. Admired by the struggling screenwriter Whitfield Cook (Danny Huston), Alma decides to bring Hitchcock to his senses, and does so without compromising her integrity and also re-igniting their creative partnership in getting "Psycho" out of the editing room and on to the screen. Side plots involve Hitchcock's struggles to get the film financed and distributed (Richard Portnow is Barney Balaban, the head of Paramount) and to get it past the censors in a shape that will include the effects he wants (Kurtwood Smith is Geoffrey Shurlock, the head censor).

The film is basically a comedy of a woman 's success in recalling her husband's attention to their marriage and their working lives, which are deeply connected in this case. Hitchcock's distractions with his female stars, which includes a bit of locker-room-type voyeurism, are not presented as psyche-shaking. Rather, they're comical. And Hitchcock's interest in violence is likewise played quite lightly, through the device of imaginary conversations between Hitchcock and Ed Gein (Michael Wincott), a serial killer on whose exploits the novel "Psycho" was based. Hopkins has caught Hitchcock's plummy voice very well, and it's a pleasure to hear him and Mirren go at it. The script is sharply written, and the scenes between Mirren and Hopkins are charming -- two old pros who could do this kind of thing in their sleep, but who seem to enjoy working with one another as much as Hitchcock and Alma apparently did. Scarlett Johansson makes Janet Leigh a sympathetic and attractive character, and Jessica Biel does good work as Vera Miles, an actress whose priorities are not Hitchcock's but are perfectly defensible as life choices. Toni Collette is Hitchcock's secretary Peggy Robertson -- a role that doesn't call on all her powers. The personal and professional stories are efficiently combined, and the movie doesn't drag -- it's pleasant light entertainment and enjoyable as such.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapoining scenario about film director disappointed with routine, 3 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Hitchcock (Blu-ray)
In spite of dissapoining scenario, worth to watch to see 60 years old film director taking a huge risk to feel excitement from work again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE MASTER OF SUSPENSE, 28 April 2013
This review is from: Hitchcock [DVD] (DVD)
This film centers on the life of Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) during the production of "Psycho." In many ways it was more about her than him. The couple turned in Oscar worthy performances. The film showed us how Hitchcock immersed himself into the production, balancing his professional and personal life.

The film was masterfully written and directed utilizing the famous Hitchcock wit, sexual innuendos, profile, music, and asides.

How great is this film? Consider the fact that Jessica Biel accepted a tertiary female billing just to be in it. James D'Arcy played an excellent Anthony Perkins and Scarlett Johansson did not disappoint as Janet Leigh. This is a must for Hitchcock fans as it shows "the master" in a good human light. The climax scene of Hitchcock in the theater viewing the audience during the showing of his film was worth the price of the DVD alone.

I was however disappointed to find out the script writers missed on a factual point. Janet Leigh famously wore a flesh colored body suit during the shower scene. Her breast could not have possibly have shown in any film frame that needed to be edited. What were they thinking?

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 11 July 2014
This review is from: Hitchcock (Blu-ray)
Very enjoyable.... Cracking cast.....well acted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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Highly Entertaining.
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