2012. USA. Sacha Gervasi.
Followed by a discussion with costume designer Julie Weiss
Saturday, December 8, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2012. USA. Directed by Sacha Gervasi. Screenplay by John J. McLaughlin, based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello. With Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Danny Huston. Reveling in the critical and box office success of North by Northwest, director Alfred Hitchcock is on the hunt for his next project. His wife and muse Alma Reville wants him to consider a script by Whitfield Cook, a notorious industry flirt, while Hitchcock is obsessed with the Robert Bloch novel Psycho, itself based on the heinous real-life crimes of Ed Gein. Hitchcock owes Paramount one more picture and the studio wants a guaranteed blockbuster, and he winds up financing Psycho himself when the studio balks at the project. A cheeky biopic rife with occasional winks to the audience, Hitchcock ably illustrates what made the Hitchcock/Reville marriage work for more than 50 years, and how the Master of Suspense created an iconic film that still scares us whenever we pull back the shower curtain.