Anne talks film: Hitchcock (2012)

hitchcock2012This is a great film worthing of the name of the master himself. There are great performances by the formidable Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren and a wonderful performance by Toni Collette in a supporting role as Hitchcock’s secretary.
 
Admittedly it did take me a few minutes to settle into the film and accept Hopkins as Hitchcock – not because the performance was lacking in any way – but because the man himself was so iconic. It was a tall order for many of the actors playing such recognizable legends like Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, but each of them handled the challenge quite well and it did not take long for me to get lost in the story.
 
Hitchcock takes place at a time when the film Psycho (1960) was being produced and uses this as a back drop to examine the master British filmmaker both at work and home. The film does a wonderful job of showing how important Alma Reville was to Alfred Hitchcock both as his wife, life companion and creative partner. From watching the film one gets the definite idea, later acknowledged by Hitchcock himself, that he could not have had the career he had without Alma.
 
The film is also a wonderful period Hollywood drama as by this time, Hitchcock was living and working in California. It gives a great insider’s look at how the business works in Los Angeles, or at least how it did in the late 1950’s, much of which has not changed.
 
I also loved the film for it’s Britishness in tone and style, I think there really is no other way to tell the story of an Englishman albeit one that takes place in the United States. This is no doubt due to the direction of British born director, Sacha Gervasi and the input of Hopkins and Mirren in the lead roles.
 
Hitchcock is a must see film, full of great performances with many stars in the supporting roles. Aside from Collette, mentioned above, the film also has Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel in supporting roles and keep your eyes peeled for a quick cameo performance by Ralph Machio.
 

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Our resident film critic Anne LaBarbera was born in Austin, Texas. A joint US / Italian national her varied film career spans writing, directing, producing, wardrobe and (even) running for the BBC – she’s nearly done it all! When not at home in Hollywood, Anne likes to travel and feature her classic VW Scirocco in the movies, mostly her own. Catch more of Anne’s adventures here on Extrafriends or her own website www.annefilm.com

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About Anne La Barbera

Our resident film critic Anne LaBarbera was born in Austin, Texas. A joint US / Italian national her varied film career spans writing, directing, producing, wardrobe and (even) running for the BBC – she’s nearly done it all! When not at home in Hollywood, Anne likes to travel and feature her classic VW Scirocco in the movies, mostly her own. Catch more of Anne’s adventures on www.annefilm.com.

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