Many of Alfred Hitchcock's movies, from 'Psycho' to 'Vertigo' to 'Rear Window,' are about voyeurism, so the idea of peering into Hitchcock's own previously hidden private life does make a certain amount of sense. But if 'Hitchcock' resonates with some of the Master of Suspense's ideas, it's never faithful to his spirit. Hitch would never have put his name on a film so full of lame pop psychology and so bereft of excitement, tension and humor. Which is a shame, since the title of this movie is his name.
Let us, for now, put aside the question of if Alfred Hitchcock was one of the greatest directors of all time -- he was, but... -- and instead contemplate how no director before or after Hitchcock has been as public, and as perfectly matched to their public persona. Sure, Scorsese and Spielberg and Shyamalan all get out in front of their flicks, to an extent, but not in the clever, in-on-a-joke way that Hitchcock became Hitchcock. It is, interestingly, one of the things that gets in the way of actually looking at the films -- Hitchock's life was more fractured and flawed and unforgiving than that of even most directors. But this new Universal set, 'Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection,' confronts you with such a dense chunk of his filmography so well-presented and restored, in a package as stout as the man himself, that it physically confronts you with his actual work.
“Good evening.” Fox Searchlight has decided to give Sacha Gervasi’s ‘Hitchcock,’ with Sir Anthony Hopkins playing the ‘Psycho’ director, a November release date. That’s a bit of a shock, given the fact that the busy Thanksgiving weekend seemed to be set with Ang Li’s ‘Life of Pi,’ David O. Russell’s ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ and the animated ‘Rise of the Guardians.’ But now we’re tasked with figuring out if Searchlight has an Oscar player up its sleeve.
For fifty years Sight and Sound's critic poll crowned 'Citizen Kane' the number one film of all time. Their polling- which is done every decade - has had fluctuations elsewhere, but 'Kane' stayed on top for half a century. Until today, when it went to second place behind Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo.'
Alfred Hitchcock had such a recognizable side profile that the Master of Suspense’s facial sketch became the universal logo for his television series and later movies. When we learned Sir Anthony Hopkins would play Hitchcock in a pending biography, we had little doubt he could inhabit the director’s mannerisms, but we were curious how he’d mirror the rotund filmmaker’s face. A new photo eases our fears.