Five Favorite Films with Hitchcock Director Sacha Gervasi
Plus, the filmmaker on working with Anthony Hopkins to bring the iconic Master of Suspense to the screen.
Arguably the most famous director in cinema history (and the auteur behind the recently crowned Greatest Movie of All Time), Alfred Hitchcock can't be an easy subject for an on-screen biography. Beyond his larger-than-life persona, embodied by that famously corpulent silhouette, the man was also something of an enigma, an artist who preferred to devote his personality to thrilling audiences with the most popular entertainments of the day.
British-born director Sacha Gervasi has taken a shot at it with this week's Hitchcock, which adapts -- with some creative license -- Stephen Rebello's 1990 book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, while exploring the relationship between Hitch (played by Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), as he fights to make the thriller that would prove one of his biggest and most influential hits.
Gervasi, known for his hugely entertaining 2007 metal documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, called in to chat about Hitchcock, the challenge of taking on a movie icon, working with Hopkins, and separating the man from the mythology.
Read on for that interview, but first, he talks here about his five favorite films.
Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1986; 77% Tomatometer)
The Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957; 98% Tomatometer)
This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984; 95% Tomatometer)
Next, Gervasi talks about Hitchcock, how he approached the story of one of cinema's most famous directors (and films), and working with Anthony Hopkins on the lead role.