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Casting a ‘White Shadow’ on Hitchcock’s career

You know how last year seemed to belong to Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain? This one looks like the year of Alfred Hitchcock.

Last summer, Sight & Sound’s prestigious critics poll named “Vertigo” the greatest film of all time. Last month, the HBO movie “The Girl” offered a dark and disquieting view of Hitchcock’s relationship to Tippi Hedren, the star of his films “The Birds” and “Marnie.” How dark and disquieting? Let’s just say that Janet Leigh’s character in “Psycho” wasn’t the only Hitchock blonde to suffer grievously at his hands. On Friday, a film about the making of “Psycho,” “Hitchcock,” opened, with Anthony Hopkins as the director. Hannibal Lecter + Richard Nixon = Hitch?

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