The movie, Hitchcock, with Anthony Hopkins, is arriving amidst some grousing from critics. The complaints I’ve read about the biography are that it plays a bit with the facts. But would Hitchcock care that a movie was made about him and wasn't 100% factual? Probably not. He was known to be a bit slippery himself when it came to the truth. To put it another way, he didn’t let facts get in the way of a good story.
Hitchcock was also an inveterate publicity hound. Considering his portly features in this 1939 article from Life, you wouldn’t think he’d want a camera lens turned on him. But he did. And as often as possible.
Hitchcock sold his movies with his image and his name. This recent movie is about the making of Psycho in 1959. Historically Psycho has taken on great significance as a cinematic work of art because it was made by Hitchcock. For its time it was shocking, even morbid, and despite its story being well-known by now and its plot surprises long exposed, it still has that ability to create unease.
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