AFI FEST Opens with 'Hitchcock' Starring Hopkins and Mirren

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by Anne Thompson
September 27, 2012 1:00 PM
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The American Film Institute (AFI) is closing AFI FEST with Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and opening on November 1 with Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock."

Now that Fox Searchlight has opted to open November 23 this slice of Alfred Hitchcock's life on the set of the 1960 classic "Psycho," starring Anthony Hopkins as the iconic director and Helen Mirren as his wife and collaborator Alma Reville, the company is booking the film into festivals. The first is the AFI FEST.

Scarlett Johansson also stars in this love story as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Hitchcock's agent, Lew Wasserman. From a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin, the film is based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello. The film is produced by Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Joe Medjuck of Montecito Picture Company, along with Tom Thayer and Alan Barnette.

Hitchcock, who taught a Master Seminar at the AFI Conservatory in 1970, also received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979. His "Vertigo" recently unseated "Citizen Kane" on the Sight and Sound Top 50 Films of All Time list. Four Hitchcock movies rank in AFI’s 100 Years...100 Movies: "Vertigo" is #9, "Psycho" is #14, "Rear Window" is #48 and "North by Northwest" is #55. "Psycho" was ranked #1 on AFI’s list of "most heart pounding American films," and  Perkins' Norman Bates was ranked #2 on AFI’s Top Villains list – just behind Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs."

For the fourth time AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings. 

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1 Comment

  • HIP OP | September 28, 2012 10:29 AMReply

    --More pointless retreading and cultural incest.

    Must say was surprised at how stilted, despite the superb make up,
    Lewis's Lincoln was.

    Like Streep and Sean Penn, and others, Lewis is --NOT--an actor
    of compelling depth. He does NOT deliver credible character development,
    much less revelation. He DOES deliver sometimes astonishing impersonations
    and impressions and is able to sustain them. Again, like Streep and Penn.

    Might not be his fault. franchise slum Hollywood sacrificed character
    development, along with soundtracks and depth of story telling ----decades ago.

    This is the 11th hour of Globalist -----RED China handover.

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