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Hitchcock

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HITCHCOCK (20112, Sacha Gervasi)
A screen adaptation of Steven Rebello’s non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho (1990). The movie covers a brief but crucial part in the famous director’s life and career in which he made a daring career movie and saved his mariage with his partner and creative partner Alma Reville.

In 1959 Alfred Hitchcock was one of the world’s most famous movie directors, but some of latest projects had generated mixed comments. Most people saw Hitchcock as a director of elegant and sophisticated spy thrillers and when he declared that his next movie would be an adaptation of Robert Bloch’s Psycho, a horror novel based on the life of real-life murderer Ed Gein, the people around him were shocked. Even his wife and live-long creative partner Alma had doubts about it. But Hitch simply wouldn’t give up the idea of making a horror movie about a voyeuristic serial killer with Oedipal obsessions. Eventually he would put virtually everything he had in je…

A Dandy in Aspic - When Leonardo was gone ...

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A DANDY IN ASPIC When Leonardo was gone ...
Dir: Anthony Mann, Laurence Harvey - Cast: Laurence Harvey (Eberlin), Tom Courtenay (Gatiss), Mia Farrow (Caroline), Harry Andrews (Frazer), Peter Cook (Prentiss), Lionel Stander (Sobakovitch), Per Oscarsson (Pavel), Barbara Murray (Miss Vogler)
This was Anthony Mann's final directional job; he died of a heart attack during production and the movie was finished by the film's star, Laurence Harvey. It was based on a novel with the same title by Derek Marlowe, who also scripted, but later fell out with Harvey (*1).
It's a Cold War thriller, offering a grim and bleak image of intelligence work, closer to John Le CarrĂ© than to James Bond. The premise is somewhat daring, as the movie's protagonist is a Russian counter-intelligence agent who has ensconced himself within British intelligence under the name of Eberlin. He has lost interest in the job and therefore wants to go back to his home country, but The Russians won't allow h…