We're only a few weeks away from the premiere of 'The Girl,' the new HBO feature based on the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren -- which, if you'll recall, was rather intense as ol' Hitchy became a bit obsessed with the starlet. In this new featurette, HBO takes us behind the scenes for a closer look.
I spent the summers between my junior and senior years of college interning at an independent production company that specialized in schlocky horror movies. I worked as a post-production assistant, and when I wasn't running errands, I was sitting next to one of the editors, watching him cut. Immersing yourself in the raw footage of a horror movie for hours upon hours on end has a funny way of desensitizing you. Ghastly images of viscera and gore start to make you yawn. Bloodcurdling screams become white noise. It's not spooky. It's not fun. It's just a job.
'Berberian Sound Studio' is about a man who's having trouble making that leap from terror to tedium. He's been hired by an Italian production company to craft the sound mix for their latest horror film, a grisly tale of witches and torture named 'The Equestrian Vortex' (it's set at a horseback riding academy). The mixer, Gilderoy (Toby Jones), is an experienced professional but he's never worked on a horror movie before, and the graphic nature of 'Vortex's' content makes him uncomfortable. It doesn't seem to matter that he knows it's just a movie, or that without him and his legion of unsettling sound effects, the film would hardly qualify as scary at all. Something about it just upsets him.
Who would think that there would be competing Alfred Hitchcock bio-pictures? HBO's 'The Girl' focuses on the filming of 'The Birds,' Hitchcock (here played by Toby Jones) and his interesting relationship with Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) -- the star he tried to create. HBO's got this one, and it hits the small screen October 20. And now there's a teaser.