NILAYA PRODUCTIONS, ARTE FRANCE
German, English, French
TV, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
We may think that everything has been said about the great Alfred, but what do we really know about the man behind the director? Through the intimate, gentle and critical eyes of his wife and collaborator, Alma, this film will allow us to discover Hitchcock anew, between darkness and light.
Alfred Hitchcock is known as a giant of moviemaking, a facetious master of suspense, obsessed with blond heroines in peril, with the reputation of being tyrannical towards his actors.
But who knows the real Hitchcock? During his last public appearance, “Hitch” paid tribute to the wife, mother, co-writer, editor and partner of a lifetime that was Alma Reville Hitchcock. The two Hitchcock were inseparable, engineering the unquestionable masterpieces together. Their genuine collaboration never stopped from the day they met until the end of their lives. It’s in light of this fusional relationship that this film will revisit and shed fresh light on the legend. But there is no light without shadow and Alma’s voice will also reveal Hitch’s dark side, his contradictions and flaws, which come together to make the myth.
We will explore the role played by women throughout the director’s career. Alma’s role of course – his “most demanding critic,” and brightest too – but also the stars and collaborators who played a part in his work’s progression. At a time when harassment in the world of moviemaking is a major talking point, we will also look afresh at Hitchcock’s sometimes controversial relationships with his actresses.