It's kind of incredible that someone as renowned and influential as Alfred Hitchcock hasn't been the source of more fictional portrayals. He is one of the greatest filmmakers ever to live – certainly one of the most influential. As “the master of suspense,” he designed and sculpted an entire genre, and it is hard to imagine what film would be like today were it not for him. Last year, HBO put out a telefilm entitled The Girl
, which is about actress Tippi Hedren and the supposed obsession Hitchcock had with her. (She was in his filmsThe Birds
.) Hitchcock was portrayed by Toby Jones. Next year, we will see Roger Gaston-Griffiths take on the role briefly in the filmGrace of Monaco
, which is about the life of Grace Kelly, who appeared in the Hitchcock filmsDial M For Murder, To Catch a Thief,
And then there is the filmHitchcock
, released last year and starring an extremely made-up Anthony Hopkins as the title character. More a snapshot of a particular time in the director's life than a biopic, it tells the story of the making ofPsycho
amidst much consternation and controversy. The amazing Helen Mirren stars as his long-suffering wife. Janet Leigh, femme fatale ofPsycho
, is portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, and Anthony Perkins, the man who takes on the role of the infamous Norman Bates, is played by James D'Arcy.
The Floyd Theater presents two screenings ofHitchcock
today, Thursday, at 5:00 and 8:00. Admission is $1.50 for students and $3 for the general public. The Floyd Theater is located on the third floor of the Student Activities Center on the U of L campus. Further information can be found at the Facebook event page.
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