From the Vaults: Hitchcock in Rewind

Seven takes on Alfred Hitchcock in our series, 'How I Got Hitched'

Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock
Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock

Back in October when HBO debuted The Girl – the movie about Alfred Hitchcock's reported mistreatment of Tippi Hedron during the filming of The Birds – the Chronicle ran a series of Web-only articles, "How I Got Hitched," that focused on writers' personal relationships with the renowned filmmaker.

With the new movie Hitchcock opening today in Austin, we thought the occasion called for another look at these pieces.

Opening the series is Kimberley Jones' review of The Girl, wherein she describes Hitchcock's actions as beginning with "an initial ickiness that metastasizes into full-bore sexual obsession." Marc Savlov then kicked things up a notch with his story about the tattoo of Hitchcock's profile he had permanently inked onto his arm six years ago. Savlov also discusses Family Plot and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Next came reflections by Richard Whittaker, our token Brit staffer, on Hitchcock's early British film, and specifically, The 39 Steps. Margaret Moser told of how she and her brother Scott heartlessly mocked the fear that erupted in their little brother Stephen (who grew up to pen the Chronicle's column "After a Fashion") when they all watched The Birds together as children.

Aleksander Chen, who confesses to never having seen a Hitchcock movie, checked out North by Northwest and Rear Window and reports on the experience. That was followed by my discussion of Hitchcock's comic side in The Trouble With Harry and the lasting dichotomy between our perceptions of Hitchcock as both a popular entertainer and the warped individual. Finally, the series wrapped up with Kate X Messer's story of being haunted by a cracked piece of glass that looked like the outline of Alfred Hitchcock.

"How I Got Hitched" is hardly the final word on Hitchcock, but it is a fun and individualistically surveys the lasting place this filmmaker holds in our hearts.

More Alfred Hitchcock
How I Got Hitched
How I Got Hitched
Kate X Messer on Hitchcock keeping one eye on her at all times

Kate X Messer, Oct. 20, 2012

TV Review: ‘The Girl’
TV Review: ‘The Girl’
HBO Film examines Hitchcock's obsession with Tippi Hedren

Kimberley Jones, Oct. 19, 2012

More How I Got Hitched
How I Got Hitched
How I Got Hitched
Marjorie Baumgarten on the trouble with Hitchcock

Marjorie Baumgarten, Oct. 19, 2012

How I Got Hitched
How I Got Hitched
A twentysomething sees his first Hitchcock, and he likes what he sees

Aleksander Chan, Oct. 18, 2012

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How I Got Hitched, Alfred Hitchcock, "How I Got Hitched", The Trouble With Harry, North by Northwest, Rear Window, The Birds, The 39 Steps, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Family Plot, The Girl

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