A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959.
What I thought of it:
When you have two of Britain’s best acting talents in the lead roles, you expect nothing short of superb. Hitchcock certainly delivers that!
Hopkins is spot on as one of the world’s most famous directors of all time and is more than ably supported by Mirren as his long suffering wife who works tirelessly alongside him, overlooking his infamous obsessions with his leading ladies. D’Arcy is a revelation as Anthony Perkins, not only managing to look and sound like him, but flawlessly imitating his mannerisms and inflections so that one would almost believe the young Perkins was on the screen once more.
This is a fascinating look behind the scenes of Hitchcock’s most successful film, which, if it had failed, would have all but bankrupted the director and his wife, leaving them homeless and their reputations in tatters. Of course, we know it turned out well in the end (I mean, come on, who hasn’t at least heard of Psycho?), but it makes for compulsive viewing anyway, and at a scant 98 minutes, it’s one of the shorter nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, so you won’t get a numb butt sitting through this one.
Nominated for only 1 Oscar:
- Best achievement in Makeup and Hair Styling
It seems scandalous that the excellent cast has been overlooked in the best Actor and Supporting Actress categories, and also that the director and the film itself has been snubbed for the big wins too, as this really is deserving of recognition. I can only hope it wins the one award for which it has been nominated to at least make up in part for that grievous neglect! It’s shocking to me that Hitchcock himself never won an Oscar, although he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award. This just feels like he’s been left out all over again!