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The Girl (2012)

The turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren.

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Julian Jarrold

Writers:

Gwyneth Hughes, Donald Spoto (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sienna Miller ... Tippi Hedren
Toby Jones ... Alfred Hitchcock
Imelda Staunton ... Alma Reville Hitchcock
Conrad Kemp ... Evan Hunter
Penelope Wilton ... Peggy Robertson
Angelina Ingpen Angelina Ingpen ... Melanie
Candice D'Arcy Candice D'Arcy ... Josephine Milton
Carl Beukes ... Jim Brown
Kate Tilley ... Rita Riggs
Aubrey Shelton Aubrey Shelton ... Maitre D
Leon Clingman ... Ray Berwick
Patrick Lyster ... Bob Boyle
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Storyline

When Grace Kelly retires from films to marry Prince Rainier Alfred Hitchcock looks for a similar blonde and finds her in TV model,the little known Tippi Hedren,who will star in his film adaptation of horror story 'The Birds'. Hitchcock is obsessed with Tippi sexually and,when she rebuffs his advances,sadistically puts her through five days of filming where she is attacked and injured by real birds. Hitchcock's wife Alma and his assistant Peggy are appalled but can do nothing. Tippi is resolved that she will not give in to Hitchcock despite the situation giving her nightmares. Hitchcock and Tippi make a second film,'Marnie'. Having admitted that Alma is the only woman he has ever had sex with and that he now finds her cold Hitchcock continues to pursue Tippi, bombarding her with phone calls declaring his love for her yet reminding her that he alone made her famous and she owes him. At this stage Tippi demands that her contract be terminated and an end title states that they never ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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He made her his star. And his darkest obsession.

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Country:

UK | South Africa | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Sienna Miller met with Tippi Hedren, the character she was set to play, at her Shambala Preserve in Acton, California. Sienna spent a day with Tippi as part of her research for the role, and the pair became great friends after the experience. See more »

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California license plates are incorrect format; the "56" should be after "California", for passenger cars the numbering should be three letters+three numbers; also the font is incorrect. In addition, during the filming of Marnie (after May 1963), the color changed from the 1956 black letters on yellow plates to 1963 yellow letters on black plates. The number system was still three letters+three numbers until 1970. See more »

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[Evan Hunter, writer of the screenplay for The Birds, disagrees with Hitchcock about the casting of Tippi Hedren]
Evan Hunter: A seven-year contract?
Alfred Hitchcock: Her inexperience is an asset. She has nothing to un-learn. Also she's unattached so she won't get pregnant. I do *hate* it when actresses get pregnant.
Evan Hunter: I thought you were kidding.
Alfred Hitchcock: [grimly] As is well-known, I have no sense of humor whatsoever.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Tristan And Isolde: Act I Prelude
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Daniel Barenboim (as Daniel Baranboim)
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interesting movie that has generated disturbing criticisms
8 December 2012 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

The Girl is an interesting movie about Hitchcock's obsession with Tippi Hedren as they made two movies together. It's stylishly made, with good performances. It is focused very much on Hitchcock's cruelty to Hedren.

My main objection to this movie is that its focus makes it rather unbalanced. Hedren herself says this. She says working with Hitchcock was great at first, and while the movie portrays her as dealing with one indignity after another, she says this was only really a problem toward the end of Marnie. It might have been interesting to see more of Hitchock's process - I liked the scene where he helps her work on her lines - but it's a short movie and they had a story to tell.

What is more interesting than the movie is its detractors here. While some people just don't find The Girl interesting, the vast majority seem to dislike it because they don't believe it. Some reviews will even say they're not invested in Hitchcock's reputation, but then follow it up by saying they don't believe this happened.

First off, the movie is based on information from a book by a respected biography writer, based on what he was told by both Hedren and those who worked with her. And Hitchcock was certainly a dark, obsessive, and sometimes cruel (witness his vicious "practical jokes") person. His movies are about obsessions and cruelty, so it would hardly be surprising if he acted poorly with his actress.

Yet, many of the movie's critics express outrage that Hitchcock's name is being besmirched. They say Hedren lied; that she is just trying to scapegoat Hitchcock for her lack of major successes after the Hitchcock films. They say she couldn't act. They say she should have been grateful that Hitchcock gave her a career.

There is a phrase I don't like, because it sounds extremist and harsh and overly politically correct, but that I increasingly realize accurately describes something, and that is "rape culture," the idea that sexual harassment and attacks on women are so ingrained in our society that they aren't even seen as abnormal. The reactions to this movie seem to me examples of this. What is the difference between saying Hedren lied about Hitchcock and the claims that a woman lies about being raped? What does her acting ability have to do with anything? (And what are people basing their assessment on? I suspect most of us have only seen her in two movies, made by a director who got exactly the performances he wanted from his actors).

Many people are saying,essentially, "he didn't do it, and if he did do it, she deserved it."

Look, I understand that people feel a need to defend great artists, but many great artists are not especially great people. That's inevitable; art often comes from a strange place. Don't attack the victim because you think the aggressor was a cool dude.


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