‘The Girl’ Trailer: Alfred Hitchcock Gets Creepy While Making ‘The Birds’

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The teaser for HBO’s The Girl paints a mostly-harmless portrait of director Alfred Hitchocock – whose famous droll mannerisms and chummy appearance are captured by character actor Toby Jones – and teases his relationship with Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller), the leading lady of Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie.

However, the full-length trailer dives right into the unnerving behavior Hitchcock exhibited towards Hedren behind-the-scenes, hinting at a real-life story as uncomfortable and disturbing as any fictionalized psycho-drama the legendary filmmaker could concoct onscreen.

Gwyneth Hughes’ script for The Girl explores the dark nature of Hitchock’s time with Hedren from the latter’s perspective – at least, that’s the impression the trailer leaves. We’re presented with little to nothing of Alfie’s motivation or the logic behind his Jekyll-and-Hyde attitude towards Hedren; one moment, he’s sadistically subjecting her to multiples takes of a scene where she’s attacked by birds, the next he’s not-so-subtly propositioning her.

Nonetheless, Jones looks as comfortable in the role of Hitchcock as he did playing Truman Capote in Infamous and, more recently, one of the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Huntsman; Imelda Staunton – an Oscar-nominee for Vera Drake and Jones’ fellow Harry Potter alum – fits into Alma Reville/Hitchcock’s shoes with equal ease. Miller likewise seems a good match for Hedren, managing to look her role as well as Jones and Staunton look their parts – all the while, providing a more empathetic human presence opposite Hitchcock (who’s as cold and double-faced in real life as the icy blondes frequently featured in his films).

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Sienna Miller and Toby Jones in ‘The Girl’

The Girl was directed by Julian Jarrold, whose style range from British working class/drag queen comedy in Kinky Boots to the first installment in the grim Red Riding trilogy – and Becoming Jane, a Jane Austen semi-biography that favors the sort of sweeping romanticism often satirized by the author. Jarrold’s Hitchcock flick, by comparison, appears to be a more serious drama that emulates the tense atmosphere found throughout the filmmaker’s work – though, it’s probably fair to assume The Girl won’t be nearly so symbolism-heavy or expertly-crafted as one of Hitchcock’s own movies.

Look for The Girl to premiere on HBO on October 20th, 2012.


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  1. Alfred Hitchcock may very well be the greatest director of motion pictures ever.
    And many of the greatest actors ever including beloved film icons worked
    repeatedly with Alfred and this simply would not have occurred were
    he the creepy monster behind the scenes some like to claim.

    The fact is no know would even know who Tipi Hedren is were it not for Hitchcock.
    Hedren was given the spotlight by him yet she claims absurdly he ruined her career.
    Alpred Hitchcock was the only director who knew how to best use her limited talent.
    I do not trust a single frame of this film nor Tipi as witness to Hitchcock’s character.

  2. hope its good

  3. Alfred Hitchcock Was one of cinema’s greatest directors. He knew how to compose and shoot a great motion picture & use actors effectively! So to slander his name in this poor attempt to make money off of his legacy is disgusting. F*ck This Movie! HBO you should be ashamed of yourselves.

  4. I didn’t like Birds. It was too random and inconclusive for my tastes. This might be interesting though, don’t know if it will be accurate or not, but it might be interesting.

  5. Why is this Premiring on a saturday?

  6. I don’t understand why you can’t be a legendary director and also a bit of a wackjob. There are plenty of examples. Besides, Hitchcock’s obsessions and fears are well documented.

    I agree that the Birds was interesting as a technical exercise but not so much as a movie.

  7. To top it all off she is still profiting from the Birds. Its playing 3 times at the end of this month at a local theatre here in Michigan, and… “glossy photos-$20, personal items autographed-$20 and pictures with Ms. Hedren for $10.” Lol Just thought I’d share, Im not complaining in fact I plan on attending.

  8. I agree with both views. I admire Hitchcock and his work immensely, but at the same time, all men in power have been abussive and displayed various “wackjob” behaviors, as our friend puts it :)
    I never liked Tippi Hedren’s acting as it was way more fake and errogant than to connect with the audience. Not even Grace Kelly who came from a background that could justify that sort of a behavior acted that way. But in any case, no one can blame a woman who rejects indecent proposals in any situations, not even by the man in power, Alfred Hitchcock.