hitch and tippi

The Girl, The Birds, and a plethora of meaning.

HBO’s recent television film The Girl, which purports to portray the “true” story behind the relationship between Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock, is instead an abysmally twisted recreation of the dynamic between the actress and the legendary director. The movie is based largely on biographer Donald Spoto’s Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies (2008),…

She might have fooled me, but she didn’t fool my mother.

It felt appropriate to talk about this film today of all days. What’s Halloween without a little mother-love and murder, courtesy of the great Hitch? Psycho marks Alfred Hitchcock’s first tentative steps into the horror genre. By today’s standards, in which the amount of gore and viscera is directly proportional to box-office performance, it’s virtually…