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Post  eddie on Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:06 am

Scarlett Johansson to play Janet Leigh in the Making of Psycho

Johansson to star opposite Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

Xan Brooks

guardian.co.uk, Friday 2 March 2012 12.45 GMT


Stepping into the shower ... Scarlett Johansson is to play Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Photograph: Picture Perfect/Rex Features

Scarlett Johansson will step into the shower to play Janet Leigh in a behind-the-scenes drama about the making of Psycho. Based on the 1990 book by Stephen Rebello, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho charts the director's struggle to bypass the studios and fund a low-budget, black-and-white horror film from his own pocket.

Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho'
Production year: 2013
Directors: Sacha Gervasi
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Johansson's arrival completes the principal cast. Anthony Hopkins is already on board as Hitchcock, while Helen Mirren plays Alma, the director's redoubtable wife. The Fox Searchlight production will be directed by Sacha Gervasi from a script by Rebello and Black Swan writer John McLaughlin.

Psycho cast the Hollywood actor Janet Leigh in the role of Marion Crane, the Arizona secretary who absconds with $40,000 and is then suddenly, shockingly knifed to death in the Bates Motel. The film sparked controversy on its release back in 1960, prompting the writer CA Lejeune to walk out of a press screening and immediately resign as film critic of the Observer newspaper. But Hitchcock's gamble paid off. Psycho went on to be a huge box-office hit, inspired a glut of sequels, rip-offs and homages and is now widely recognised as the director's most inspired picture.

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:16 pm

eddie wrote:Stepping into the shower ... Scarlett Johansson ...
I'd better skip this one -- too intense. affraid

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Post  eddie on Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:57 pm

pinhedz wrote:too intense. affraid


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Post  eddie on Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:04 pm

Lifeboat

(Alfred Hitchcock, 1944, Eureka!, PG)

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The Observer, Sunday 29 April 2012


'A virtuoso thriller': John Hodiak and Tallulah Bankhead in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat. Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive

This wartime masterwork began when Alfred Hitchcock was invited to work at 20th Century Fox and commissioned novelist John Steinbeck to write an extended scenario set in the mid-Atlantic , where the survivors of a torpedoed ship and a German submariner from the U-boat that sank them debate the value of the second world war.

Hitchcock transformed Steinbeck's brief text into a virtuoso thriller in which nine characters are confined throughout to a lifeboat and the only music is a couple of popular songs sung by the German and some tunes on a flute played by the great Canada Lee as a steward. Significantly, instead of being a caricatured villain, the Nazi intruder becomes a complex figure, which resulted in the liberal columnist Dorothy Thompson absurdly attacking the film for making him too formidable.



An authentic ensemble cast is led by the legendary Tallulah Bankhead who, in her only significant film, plays a cross between her outrageous self and the photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White.

Immediately after completing Lifeboat, Hitchcock crossed the Atlantic to make two fascinating half-hour films in French about the work of the resistance under German occupation (Bon Voyage and Aventure malgache), to be shown after the liberation of France. Neither reached the screen until the 1980s, and both are included on this excellent Blu-ray DVD disc.

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Post  Guest on Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:18 pm

I never liked Escarlata Johansson

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Post  Guest on Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:46 pm

...I'd like to see Lifeboat.

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:20 am

blue moon wrote:...I'd like to see Lifeboat.
It starts here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYmQG3YlAoA

It has some similarities with Steinbeck's "The Wayward Bus," but with higher stakes.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu May 03, 2012 1:02 am

jade spaghetti wrote:I never liked Escarlata Johansson

Tho she excels at playing shallow girls with imposing sweater puppets.

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Post  pinhedz on Thu May 03, 2012 1:06 am

And in Psycho, I don't think we were supposed to like the Janet Leigh character--we were just supposed to see her hotness.

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Post  eddie on Thu May 03, 2012 2:07 am

pinhedz wrote:And in Psycho, I don't think we were supposed to like the Janet Leigh character--we were just supposed to see her hotness.

Alfred Hitcock was an ugly fat man who liked torturing attractive blonde women.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu May 03, 2012 2:30 am

Oh come now, he only started to get really creepy with Tippi Hedren. And I bet Alma was in on it.


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Post  pinhedz on Thu May 03, 2012 2:56 am

There is a type of movie role known as the "chain-saw bimbo." These are lovely young women that die horribly early in the movie. affraid

We aren't supposed to become emotionally attached to the chain-saw bimbos, because their only purpose is to show us what the bad guy could do later in the movie to someone we really care about. Neutral

Young mothers like to play chain-saw bimbos, because it pays well, and they only have to play in a few scenes before they get killed and then they can go home to feed the kids. Laughing

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Post  pinhedz on Thu May 03, 2012 3:08 am

user wrote:
jade spaghetti wrote:I never liked Escarlata Johansson

Tho she excels at playing shallow girls with imposing sweater puppets.
I thouight this pic came out well--the look says "I thought you liked me, but you just poked a hole in my ear:"


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu May 03, 2012 5:24 am

She's fairly close to the Hitchcock Blonde Archetype - a bit icy, a bit slutty, a bit child-like, but lacking the requisite partly cuckoo component.

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During his interviews with Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock explained his preference for a certain kind of actress whose sex appeal is "indirect": "You know why I favor sophisticated blondes in my films? We're after the drawing-room type, the real ladies, who become whores once they're in the bedroom." [Truffaut:] "What intrigues you is the paradox between the inner fire and the cool surface." [Hitchcock:] "Definitely. . . . Do you know why? Because sex should not be advertised. . . . Because without the element of surprise the scenes become meaningless. There's no possibility to discover sex."

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Hitchcock had a dramatic preference for blonde women, stating that the audience would be more suspicious of a brunette. Many of these blondes were of the Grace Kelly variety: perfect, aloof ice goddesses, who also have a hidden red-hot inner fire.

In Vertigo James Stewart forces a woman to dye her hair blonde. One of Hitchcock's earliest films, The Lodger (1927), features a serial killer who stalks blonde women. Blonde actress Anny Ondra famously starred in Hitchcock's first sound film Blackmail (1929).

Hitchcock said he used blonde actresses in his films, not because of an attraction to them, but because of a tradition that began with silent star Mary Pickford. The director said that blondes were "a symbol of the heroine". He also thought they photographed better in black & white film stok.





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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu May 03, 2012 5:35 am

other shit common to Alf flicks:

*Birds
*MacGuffins
*Audience as voyeur
*The ordinary person
*The wrong man or wrong chick
*The double
*The charming sociopath
*Staircases
*Trains
*Transference of guilt
*Manipulative Mothers
*Brandy
*Scenes with no dialogue
*Number 13
*Tennis
*Falling from high places
*The Perfect Murder
*Violence in a Theatre





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Post  Lee Van Queef on Mon May 07, 2012 6:20 am

I've been obssessed with 'Psycho' since I've been about 10 - I guess I'm emotionally attached to it.

But in my heart of hearts, I think 'Rear Window' is probably my favourite.

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Post  Lee Van Queef on Wed May 30, 2012 1:44 am

I just rewatched 'To Catch a Thief'. Despite looking good, it really is quite a boring movie I think.

Next Hitch film I am going to try and see is 'Stage Fright' - then I would have seen all of his 50s films. What a decade.

Stage Fright (1950)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
I Confess (1953)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Wrong Man (1956)
Vertigo (1958)
North by Northwest (1959)

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Post  Nah Ville Sky Chick on Wed May 30, 2012 5:29 am

^^

Hello dearie

I rather like Strangers on a Train, especially when the fairground ride goes out of control.

What about "Marnie" have you seen that one?

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Post  Lee Van Queef on Wed May 30, 2012 7:34 am

Hi Nash,

Yes, Strangers on a Train is fantastic.




Yep, liked Marnie a lot too. It's been a while though, is on my rewatch list.


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Post  Lee Van Queef on Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:21 am

Nah Ville Sky Chick wrote:

What about "Marnie" have you seen that one?

OK, I re-watched it. It's an excellent film and it is astonishing how undervalued the movie actually is. There are a couple of faults with it though IMO. Firstly, the sister-in-law character (Lil) is poorly developed - she really was a waste of a rather major character. Secondly, when Marnie is raped (or has sex, depending on your view), why does she try an commit suicide in the swimming pool? How is that even possible?!?!

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Post  Nah Ville Sky Chick on Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:35 am

^^

Yes, know what you mean. Hmmm not sure about rape? I thought she was giving him the OK and wanted to, and then had a flashback to the sexual abuse? (which he was not aware of)

Regarding the attempted drowning, I thought perhaps she couldn't swim and jumped in knowing she would drown. However, she floated to the top unconcious and good old Sean saved her.

If she really wanted to drown though it would have made more sense to jump into the sea which was surrounding her. Neutral

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Post  Lee Van Queef on Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:41 am

Nah Ville Sky Chick wrote:^^

Yes, know what you mean. Hmmm not sure about rape? I thought she was giving him the OK and wanted to, and then had a flashback to the sexual abuse? (which he was not aware of)

Regarding the attempted drowning, I thought perhaps she couldn't swim and jumped in knowing she would drown. However, she floated to the top unconcious and good old Sean saved her.

If she really wanted to drown though it would have made more sense to jump into the sea which was surrounding her. Neutral

Yeah, it doesn't really look like rape, rather her just detaching herself from the moment and simply giving in. That's how I see it, but then the film is rather infamous for the 'rape' scene, so I guess it's open to interpretation.

You know, it didn't occur to me that she couldn't swim. It's still silly, but makes more sense now!

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