Sacha Gervasi's 'Hitchcock' — A Love Story?

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock © 2012 - Fox Searchlight Pictures/Suzanne Tenner
Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock © 2012 - Fox Searchlight Pictures/Suzanne Tenner

"All of us harbor dark recesses of violence and horror. I'm just a man hiding in the corner with a camera. Watching."

"Hitchcock," Sacha Gervasi's new biopic based on Stephen Rebello’s 1990 book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, is being marketed as ... a love story. A love story might seem strange, given Hitchcock's legacy and character, but the trailer (featured below) offers a glimpse into Hitchcock's own greatest loves: his work, his leading ladies, and his leading lady. The last on that shortlist is Alma Reville, or Lady Hitchcock as she was called, who, as the trailer suggests, hid even further in the shadows.

In one of the more extraordinary moments of the trailer, we learn just how great Reville's influence was on her husband. Without so much as taking a break from chewing her breakfast, Reville, played by Helen Mirren, looks up and says, "You shouldn't wait 'til halfway through; kill her off after thirty minutes." She is of course referring to Janet Leigh's character in "Psycho," played by Scarlett Johansson in the Gervasi film. And if you've seen "Psycho" you know Hitchcock listened.

“I think Alma accepts Hitch for exactly who he is and knows his idiosyncrasies and his crazy predilections,” director Sacha Gervasi told Entertainment Weekly. “She allows him to have his obsessions and I think our movie is about a point where they sort of escalate. Their marriage is absolutely touched off by his increasing obsessions with these women, but they were ultimately fantasy relationships. Hitch lived in this world of fantasy; to him it was more real than real life. And I think Alma was able to kind of, in this film at least, smash it down a little bit.”

"Hitchcock" stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D'Arcy, Ralph Macchio, and Kurtwood Smith. It opens November 23.

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