HBO’s new movie The Girl highlights Alfred Hitchcock’s obsessive nature with his The Birds star Tippi Hedren.
He was known at the “Master of Suspense” and an iconic filmmaker, but in HBO’s new movie The Girl, starring Sienna Miller, a more twisted side of Hitchcock is revealed through his obsessive and abusive relationship with his muse, The Birds and Marni star Tippi Hedren.
Based on the book by Donald Spoto, the HBO movie stars Sienna Miller as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock. The story follows the time when Hitchcock was making the thriller The Birds, which made Hedren (Melanie Griffith’s mother) a huge Hollywood star. But it also reveals his sick, sexual obsession with, and mistreatment of, Hedren during filming of The Birds and their following film, Marnie.
Having her stamp of approval on the film, Hedren recently told USA Today that although she still thinks of Hitchcock as a genius she says the film has a message, for women not to take this kind of treatment.
“It was something that I had never experienced before,” she says. “I don’t know what to call it. People have said ‘Was he in love with you?’ No. When you love someone, you treat him or her well. I think we’re dealing with a mind here that is incomprehensible.
In the movie, Hitchcock frequently demands sex from Hedren, to which Hedren constantly refused. And although, Hedren admits that it did hurt her career, she still learned from it. “I learned so much from that man about motion pictures … It wasn’t a constant barrage of harassment to me. There were times of delight and joy… That is the fault of any film. It can’t constantly have everything in it. I can look at myself in the mirror and I can be proud. I got through it, beautifully. He ruined my career, but he did not ruin my life.”
The Girl premieres on October 20 on HBO.