Sacha Gervasi, 2012
20th Century Fox
“A nice, clean, nasty little piece of work – that’s what I’m looking for,” says Alfred Hitchcock, creatively becalmed and looking for a new challenge at the start of Sacha Gervasi’s masterly biopic. He finds it in Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho, but we must be careful what we wish for: the filming strains his marriage and his mental health to breaking point.
A witty, humane study of the unlovely workings of genius, against a rich recreation of Hollywood circa 1960. Anthony Hopkins puts in a terrific performance as the Master of Suspense, as does Helen Mirren as wife and film-making partner Alma Reville.