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Alfred Hitchcock presents: his marriage

Yasmin Vought, MovieFix
Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock pays homage to one of the greatest legends of the silver screen and praises in particular his most celebrated film, Psycho. Capturing the director's notorious charm with the right balance of wit and drama, this is a film that is sure to please avid fans of the "Master of Suspense".

The film is based on Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book, Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho and centres on the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the controversial making of Psycho in the late '50s.

Scarlett Johannson is perfect as the vivacious Janet Leigh and Anthony Hopkins excels in a role so befitting - you could be excused for thinking you are actually watching Hitchcock himself.

The score by Danny Elfman is a true testament to Bernard Hermann's iconic style, particularly his work on that Psycho shower scene. Eek!

What will pull audiences into this experience is the way in which you become immersed almost voyeuristically in the private life of Alfred and his wife Alma, as they deal with the struggles of marriage as well as the pressures of Hollywood.

This works as a film for Hitchcock fans, but some audiences may find the over-indulgent references to his works to be a distraction from the love story.

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