I do not think anyone who knew Alfred Hitchcock would say he was an easy guy to piegonhole. But a new film from BBC and HBO is drawing criticism, as people who knew the famous director say the film paints him in an unfair light.
'The Girl' shows Hitchcock as physically abusing and sexually harassing actress Tippi Hedren on the set of 'The Birds' and 'Marnie.' According to those in the know, it did not happen.
"He had nothing but admiration and respect for Hitch, understood his clever cockney sense of humour, and thought the man a genius. If he was here today, I doubt that he would have any negative comments and would be saddened by the image portrayed of his friend and mentor," said Nora Brown, the widow of Hitchcock's assistant director Jim Brown, who worked on both films.
In taped interviews, Jim Brown talked about the claims, saying that, "Some of the things that are expressed about him are highly over exaggerated. I think Hitch became upset because he thought Tippi wasn't fulfilling the star quality that he thought she had or was looking for."
'The Girl' had other crew members that worked with Hitchcock as consultants, but they have spoken out against what the film portrays.
Wardrobe supervisor Rita Riggs said that, "I told the BBC when they came to interview me, 'I will not dish the dirt'." Speaking out against abuse 'The Girl' shows Hitchcock subjecting his starlet to, she added that, "I really don't buy that and I'm sorry the BBC has taken that line. I was on set all the time... And I have nothing but kind words to say about Mr. Hitchcock."
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