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Where genius meets obsession,
This review is from: The Girl [DVD] (DVD)Before starting this review I would like to say that I came to THE GIRL with no knowledge of Hitchcock's involvement with Tippi Hedren. I am also not a strong follower of him. I have seen some of his films and recognise that he did have a huge talent for creating thrilling cinema. However, I did not know much about him in regards to what he was like away from his director's chair. What I would also add is that THE GIRL offers one side of a story - although I cannot claim to know enough of the man to try and determine if the magnitude of Hitchcock's obsession with Tippi was portrayed correctly, I would guess that he did have some kind of obsession with her. After all, there is rarely smoke without fire.
THE GIRL shows how Hitchcock and his wife discover Tippi, a model who starred in a commercial, and then sign her up for the lead role in his film The Birds. Before this role, Tippi has little acting experience and the Hitchcocks appear only too pleased to offer her help and guidance; not moudling as such, but mentoring her, trying to get the best out of her. However, the relationship sours when Hitchcock appears to expect, or wants, more from Tippi than she is willing to give. Because she rejects him Hitchcock then goes on to punish her before ultimately ending her career.
Personally, I found THE GIRL very compelling. I thought that the cast did a very good job of putting this side of the story across. It was a difficult film to watch - the suggested lengths that Hitchcock went to was really quite disturbing. I can understand why fans of his work would perhaps feel afrronted by the depiction of him here. However, just because the man was very talented in his field of work does not mean that he was without his dark side. All of us have one, for some theirs is just darker and more encompassing than others'.
I would recommend this to others purely as an examination of desire which leads to obsession. It can sometimes be a fine line between the two and what makes someone go down this particular path is always complex. However, if you are a true fan of Hitchcock and do not wish to see his name sullied in any way, you may be wise to pass this one by.
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Initial post: 12 Mar 2013 13:25:37 GMT
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Eric R. Glasby says:
Thanks for your excellent review, but must mention for the knowledge of other potential viewers that the production was realised with the complete co-operation and input of Tipi HEDREN herself, as well as still-living crew members who worked on the production of THE BIRDS and MARNIE back in the early Sixties, both films upon which THE GIRL is based, via "real events".
I found THE GIRL fascinating and superior to the recent American production "HITCHCOCK" which I saw theatrically only last week.
HITCHCOCK was also a wonderfully created production technically, and was thoroughly engrossing, but I felt that Toby JONES performance outshone more realistically, that of Anthony HOPKINS' "chanelling" of Mr Hitchcock's "obsessive" demeanor and voice.
Some scenes between Toby Jones and Sienna Miller became quite unnerving which merits great credit to both in their depth of character perfomance. But then, the whole cast was excellent, particularly Imelda Staunton who played Alma (Mrs Hitchcock) and Penelope Wilton, who played Peggy, Mr H's long-suffering Secretary.
I only learnt of this film via my January copy of the Best of British magazine which gave it a credible writeup.
Highly recommended if you like a good story with a certain amount of realism and obsessive tension.
Eric GLASBY Australia
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2013 18:46:22 BDT
Adrian Drew says:
I agree with every word. A thoughtful review and a thoughtful comment. I was lucky enough to interview Hitchcock a few years before his death and Toby Jones was much nearer the man in his portrayal than Tony Hopkins. Similarly Staunton as Alma was far better than a very miscast Helen Mirren. The film "Hitchcock" is filled with inaccuracies and unpleasant portrayals - Tony Perkins was nothing like the effete fellow you see presented - and the potential love affair with Alma and Evan Hunter was a total nonsense. "The Girl" - although benefitting from both the luminous Hedren's input and possibly Donald Spoto's book, is not perfect but it certainly is nearer the reality...
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Eric R. Glasby says:
I have placed another comment on the tail end of your own original review of THE GIRL and am pleased to add further, to your own pleasure for the Brida "izumi" review above.
I would watch THE GIRL again, readily.
Eric GLASBY Australia
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