Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Alfred Hitchcock & The Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello

“Janet, who was a terrific sport and a wonderful professional throughout, was never nude."

If , like me you have had the pleasure of watching the recent movie, Hitchcock, with the always divine Helen Mirren, you might also wish to explore the source material. Exploring the background, behind the movie, makes for an easy and enjoyable read.

Some of the meatier moments deal with the struggles with censorship, the difficulties of filming the infamous shower scene and the foibles of one of the most memorable and effective movie marketing campaigns ever.

As always, Hitch is the real story. In particular, his love/ hate relationships with his work colleagues. Something memorably portrayed in the film adaptation of this novel by the current Mrs Timberlake , Jessica Biel, in her portrayal of the put upon Vera Miles.

Rebello knows how to craft an engaging non-fiction work with the requisite finesse required to discuss the work of this master of suspense.

4 out of 5 times the colour of a girl’s bra tells a visual tale.

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