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Bit of a hatchet job,
This review is from: The Girl [DVD] (DVD)
I recorded this drama over Christmas and have only just got round to watching it.
It was very heavily hyped before the holiday and I was looking forward to a major
production from the BBC. In the event, notwithstanding excellent acting and production
values, it turned out to be an American effort based on a book by Donald Spoto of
frankly dubious recollections by Tippi Hedren of her time working with Hitchcock
mainly on "The Birds". This was the extent of the so-called "research" which went
into the making of the drama. The motives of Spoto and Ms Hedren are somewhat
questionable to say the least and have prompted quite an outcry from Hitchcock fans.
There may well be elements of truth in the drama but they strike me as taken
completely out of context and overall I do not believe any of it is much of a
faithful document of Hitchcock and his relationships with his leading ladies, many
of whom are recorded as saying what a consummate professional Hitchcock was. The
new film with Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, from the few excerpts I have seen so far,
seems to be a far more affectionate and balanced treatment. It also has the gorgeous
Helen Mirren as Hithcock's wife, surely a recommendation in itself.