Catching the References in 'Hitchcock,' From 'The Birds' to the Blondes

By Govindini Murty

A guide to the famous Hitchcock trademarks that appear in Sacha Gervasi's film about the director

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Sacha Gervasi's new film Hitchcock takes a smart and entertaining look at the creation of Alfred Hitchcock's scandalous Psycho, one of the seminal films of the 20th century. Based on Stephen Rebello's book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, it sheds light on Alfred Hitchcock's (Anthony Hopkins) pivotal collaboration with his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), his battles with studio executives and censors, and his ambiguous relationships with his leading ladies Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson) and Vera Miles (Jessica Biel).

And while Psycho was considered a risky departure for Hitchcock, the film shared much with the director's prior work, ranging from the influence of '20s German Expressionist cinema to Hitchcock's obsession with beautiful blondes, voyeurism, and split identities.

Here is a cultural guide to some of the themes, personalities, and cinematic references in Hitchcock.

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