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 films The Birds and Marnie.) Hitchcock was portrayed by Toby Jones. Next year, we will see Roger Gaston-Griffiths take on the role briefly in the film Grace of Monaco, which is about the life of Grace Kelly, who appeared in the Hitchcock films Dial M For Murder, To Catch a Thief, and Rear Window.
And then there is the film Hitchcock, 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 of Psycho amidst much consternation and controversy. The amazing Helen Mirren stars as his long-suffering wife. Janet Leigh, femme fatale of Psycho, 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 of Hitchcock 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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