Sacha Gervasi on Hitchcock

By • Nov 23rd, 2012
Category: Books and Authors, Featured, Hollywood, People

Sacha Gervasi - photo credit Fox SearchlightDirector Sacha Gervasi’s debut feature film Hitchcock is an unusual film. While we know quite a lot about the “master of suspense” Hitchcock and his movie-making techniques, there is very little we know about his personal life and the key role his wife played throughout his long and distinguished film career. The film is a homage to Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville. Both started their film careers in London during the silent film era. Alma in fact was only 16 years old when she started working in films and was a script girl and editor.

This is a love story as Sacha puts it that shows the deep personal and professional relationship that the Hitchcocks’ shared. The film is based on the book Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello.

The film is set against the making of Psycho, which Hitchcock made right after his hit film North by Northwest. He has just turned 60 years old, and decides that he wants to make a very different kind of picture and has his sight set on making Psycho. Initially Alma thinks it is “claptrap” but then comes round to the idea of making the film. She plays a key role in the success of Pyscho. Were it not for her professional help  certain key scenes in Psycho would not have turned out the way they did like the iconic shower scene.

Hitchcock had a long and distinguished career in films, but never won an Oscar. He did win an AFI Life Time Achievement Award.

In this interview Sacha talks about how he got to direct the film and and the treatment of the script and the relationship between Hitchcock and Alma.

Hitchcock stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren,  Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette and Jessica Biel. Screenplay is by John J. McLaughlin.

Research credit for this podcast: Sandy

Photo credit: Fox Searchlight

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