The Girl

The Girl

DVD - 2013
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The story of iconic director Alfred Hitchcock's obsessive relationship with Tippi Hedren, his leading lady in The Birds and Marnie.
Publisher: [United States] : HBO Home Entertainment, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Girl

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Les_J
Aug 11, 2015

The bonus feature - I could not hear Tippi Hedren's voice with the others in her interview on my TV, but could if I watched the DVD on my computer.

Great movie.

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Bevany
Jun 26, 2015

This movie was a delightful surprise...I had no idea "Hitch" had this dark side and now that I know the true story of his obsession for Tippi Hedren and what he put her through during the filming of The Birds inspires me to want to see this film again. The transformation of actor Toby Jones into the character of Hitchcock is amazing. ..I will definitely watch this film again.

Green_Bird_203 Jun 14, 2015

It's good to see Tippi in the recent interview. She is a proud survivor, refind and still gorgeous.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2015

Without taking sides on the validity if Hitchcock had sexually harassed Hedren, the film kept my interest on a rising star, the blonde girl, under the tutelage of Hitchcock. (No caption or subtitles)

NewYorkViews Apr 17, 2015

Interesting film. It is difficult to say that his lurid behavior was not just another publicity stunt, and that he found his leading lady too much of a model and not an actress at the beginning so that he overly pushed her to make great films. Cute oldy, short music score in the beginning of the film that ends there, as there does not seem much music score later on that meets with the scenes and that is probably great filmmaking technique also.

ebarteldes Apr 04, 2015

Interesting look at the behind the scenes of both The Birds and Marnie. Toby Jones nails Hitchcock to a T.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Jan 13, 2015

Hitchcock fans may not appreciate the character assassination of this expose, but will be intrigued by the re-creation of the filming of key scenes of "The Birds" and "Marnie." Sienna Miller plays a very convincing Tippi Hedren, and Toby Jones has Hitch's speech patterns and body language down cold.

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brigpa1
Nov 06, 2013

Was Hitchcock really this creepy and disgusting? I watched the movie for about 15 minutes and then stopped it. It is absolutely not worth checking out. It was so uncomfortable to watch even part of it.

egyptian27 Oct 02, 2013

It was okay, but more could have been done with the script. They should have made Hitchcock a more complex character. He came off as a desperate, creepy, arrogant person, then again maybe he was. They should have had someone like Charlize Theron play Tippi. I felt Sienna Miller was not glamorous and alluring enough and her tone of voice is awful. It sounds like she's trying too hard to sound like someone else.

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

My three stars are solely for Toby Jones' exemplary reincarnation of Alfred; physically, the portly stature was there, sure, but mainly for his uncanny mimicry of Hitchcock's breathy style of speaking. He nailed it. As far as the film content -- fabricated, overblown, melodramatic rubbish. Who's to say what really took place? The people that were there, correct? Here's an excerpt from IMDb, and I quote: "The widow of James H. Brown, Hitchcock's assistant on both "The Birds" and "Marnie", has insisted that the depiction of her husband in this film is inaccurate and that the information her husband gave to the scriptwriter, Gwyneth Hughes, in an interview before he died in 2011, was either ignored or distorted. His remarks to Hughes on the subject of Alfred Hitchcock had been, in reality, entirely admiring and complimentary. Mrs. Brown has attacked "The Girl" savagely as an insult to a great artist." End quote. I found this scandalous, borderline-libelous portrayal of a brilliant man as a semi-neurotic, lecherous creep to be a pathetic attempt at sensationalism, and in a nutshell: horsesh*t. Tippi Hedren's mini interview was less than scathing, and less than specific. But "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned", and she is undoubtedly biased against the man for her career's nosedive after their falling out. Go peddle your misandristic wares at the Lifetime television network, Gwyneth Hughes. But then again, I suppose HBO pays just as well. What crap.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2015

Hitchcock: This is a very fine Californian pinot noir. It's called the heartbreak grape. Do you know why? Of all the grapes used to make wine, these are the most fragile. It has a very thin skin, prone to disease, mould, every kind of rot and virus known to the vintner's art. So growing pinot noir is a bit like making a movie - heartbreak guaranteed.

The Blonde:
Hitchcock: Are you a natural blonde?
Hedren: My family is Swedish.
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Hedren: I'm a Minnesota country girl who thinks it never rains in Hollywood.
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Hedren: To Alfie and Alma (toast.) You've both been so kind. I feel like I've learned more in the past 3 months than I could have in 10 years of film school.
Alma (Hitchcock's wife): Well, I think we should drink to birds, especially the ones I've got roasting in the oven.
Hitchcock: To the first day of principal photography, and to the girl.
Alma: Our girl.

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

"Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints." -- Alfred Hitchcock

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