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Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Girl by Julian Jarrold, 2012 (TV-14)

with Sienna Miller (Casanova), Toby Jones (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Imelda Staunton (Another Year, Harry Potter), Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Carl Beukes, Sean Cameron Michael, Adrian Galley

Sienna Miller and Toby Jones star in this unsettling depiction of the schizophrenic relationship between iconic director Alfred Hitchcock and the leading lady he wanted to possess: Tippi Hedren, the frosty blonde he cast in The Birds and Marnie.

As I was mentioning in the previous post, right before starting reading my first X-Men comic books, I was actually watching The Birds, probably my first Hitchcock by then. I watched it with closed shutters with a bunch of other kids in youth camp, and we all got traumatized for a while of birds. Anyway, this movie is about Tippi's experience shooting The Birds, and Marnie, which turned out to be as traumatic as the movie itself. The scenes that were so scary in the movie were actually pretty real, and she was strained by this director who somehow had a very manipulative behavior towards her. Sienna Miller is absolutely beautiful and amazing as a woman who tries not to give in or give up, just stand until she breaks, truly believable. Toby Jones plays perfectly a repulsive but brilliant mind and dark genius. This was made for TV (although really well produced) and pretty much came out around the same time as "Hitchcock" with Helen Mirren, which now would be interesting to watch. Definitely, this movie changed the vision I had of the director of some of the sickest (and best) scary movies of all time.

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