“WHAT if someone good made a horror picture?” asks Alfred Hitchcock of his wife Alma Reville early on in Sacha Gervasi’s clever and witty drama about the making of Psycho.
Psycho was itself the film that so emphatically answered that question in 1960 and the story of its creation – based on Stephen Rebello’s enthralling 1990 account, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, and scripted by John McLaughlin – is at heart the story of a marriage, between a fat, ugly genius and the “tiny, birdlike woman” who was invigilator, confidante and touchstone to his talent.
Played by Anthony Hopkins, in facial prosthesis and fake belly, and Helen Mirren, Hitch and Alma appear as an indissoluble partnership in art and life, suddenly threatened by pressures from without (no budget) but more from within, particularly by Alfred’s tendency, now tiresome to the red-haired Alma, to become obsessed with his leading blondes.
This film is being shown as part of the Elevenses Club on Tuesday June 4. Tickets are available now from the Dunamaise box office at 057 86 63355.
For more information or to book tickets, see www.dunamaise.ie.