It is time to unveil the secret world of cinema’s greatest director, Alfred Hitchcock. With HBO’s “The Girl” and this month’s “Hitchcock” with Anthony Hopkins, movie auteurs are in for a treat. So who was the man who created such classics as “Psycho”, “Vertigo” and “Strangers on a Train”?
HBO’s TV Movie “The Girl” stars character actor Toby Jones as the late, great director and Sienna Miller stars as his muse Tippi Hedren. The film follows their relationship from her motion picture debut with “The Birds” and Hitch’s last great film “Marnie”.
The movie opens with the legendary Hitchcock quote: “Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.” We soon find out that the horror on screen wasn’t the only real horror in making a Hitchcock film. Hitch was a misogynist and a perfectionist when it came to his films.
Hedren has said publicly that her relationship with Hitchcock was a torturous and twisted one. He was obsessed with her and when she rejected him he would put her through hell on set.
There was even one documented case where Hitchcock gave Hedren’s daughter, Melanie Griffith, a doll that eerily looked like her mother and came in a coffin.
“The Girl” is a deep look at the making of “The Birds” and even some of the facts in the film might delight movie fans. The movie also features dynamic performances from both Toby Jones and Sienna Miller as well as Imelda Staunton and Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton.
This isn’t the first time that Toby Jones has played a larger than life Hollywood celebrity, he played Truman Capote in “Infamous”. His performance in that film seems to have been forgotten since Phillip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for playing Capote that same year. Will the same thing happen to Jones again when Anthony Hopkins plays Hitchcock. I am really thinking that both will be completely different takes. The Hopkins film seems to have a sense of humor.
What is interesting to note is this also isn’t the first time Sienna Miller has played the muse of a really twisted guy. In “Factory Girl”, she played Edie Sedgwick, the muse of Andy Warhol.
“The Girl” is a really interesting movie if you love Hitchcock and thrillers.
4 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer