Thursday, December 13, 2012



Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (August 1899 – April 1980) was a film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. He was first to have the camera move to mimic a person’s gaze, and often framed shots to maximise anxiety, fear or empathy. His innovative film editing and twist endings made for engaging entertainment as did his cameo appearances in his own film.

Anthony Hopkins: Alfred “Hitch” Hitchcock
Helen Mirren: his wife and collaborator Alma
Toni Collette: Hitch’s assistant Peggy
Danny Huston: screenwriter Whitfield “Whit” Cook
Jessica Biel: actress Vera Miles
Scarlett Johansson: actress Janet Leigh
James D’Arcy: actor Anthony Perkins

Having already met with much success, Hitch wanted to make a horror movie but encountered a lot of resistance. How he overcomes these obstacles and at the same time deals with his troubled marriage makes for an interesting look at one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century. Both Hopkins and Mirren put in wonderful performances which makes it all that more real.

But the infrequent appearance of a ghostly figure of the killer in conversation with Hitch seems out of place. There are better ways than that to provide revealing insights to his thoughts that are not so intrusive.

for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material.

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