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& Off His Rocker

By Solana Hawkenson & Raeanne Rubenstein






Like Alfred Hitchcock’s mysteries, Alfred Hitchcock was quite a mystery himself. In fact, no one who knew him personally has ever claimed to understand him very well. Take Tippi Hedrin, for example, the beautiful blonde star that Hitchcock groomed and tortured during the making of two classic suspense movies, The Birds and Marnie.

Alfred Hitchcock laughingSeveral months ago, just before HBO released The Girl, a television film based on the pair’s relationship (starring Toby Jones as Hitch and Sienna Miller as the naive Tippi), she spoke about what occurred during those years. “I think it was something that I had never experienced before,” she explained. “I don’t know what to call it. People have said, ‘Was he in love with you?’ No, he wasn’t. When you love someone, you treat them well. I think we’re dealing with a mind here that is incomprehensible, and I certainly am not capable of discerning what was going through his mind or why.”

And so it is to this day. Though many people love his work, and some of them may admire or even love Hitchcock himself, there is probably no one, to this day, who claims to understand him. And therein, it seems to me at least, lies the never-ending fascination with the man.

Though Hitchcock died on April 29, 1980, no one can dispute that his legend has grown to fantastic proportions. But never more feverish than during this January 2013, when there will be more Hitchcock remakes, books, festivals, tributes, concerts, re-issues and whatever else you can think of than ever before. But why this month? We cannot say, and cannot figure it out, either. Just zeitgeist, I suppose.

So we at Dish have made a decision! We are taking it upon ourselves (hubris, I know) to declare JANUARY 2013 the official DISH MAGAZINE ALFRED HITCHCOCK MONTH for now and forever!

Here is a list of 12 Hitchcock projects coming your way this January,  so let’s get the ball rolling! Enjoy!

Hitchcock: The MovieHitchcock
Released on November 23, 2012, the film Hitchcock follows the love story between legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the controversial filming of Psycho in 1959. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson, the film is directed by Sacha Gervasi. Hitchcock is now playing in theatres nationwide. Visit to find showtimes near you.






The Making of PsychoAlfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello from which the recent Hitchcock film was based. The book, originally published in 1999, details the creation of Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho. In early 2013, the book will be republished in England, Italy and Japan, and published for the first time in Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Korea, and China. You can get your own paperback copy for $11.53 at Blackstone Audio has also released an unabridged audiobook, available for $19.95 at, or for free download with a Downpour membership.

39 Steps
“The 39 Steps” (play adaption) | Key West, FL Runs Dec. 20, 2012-Jan. 12, 2013, 8 pm
Based on the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps was Broadway’s longest running comedy.  In the play, four actors create over 150 characters to portray Hitchcock’s cinematic masterpiece. It is also a winner of five Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards. The 39 Steps will show at the Waterfront Playhouse at Mallory Square, 310 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040. Tickets range from $20-$50. Visit for more information.

Strangers on a Train
Strangers on a Train | Detroit, MI   Friday, January 4 and Saturday,
January 5, 8 pm

Starring Farley Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker, Strangers on a Train (1951) shows what happens when a psychotic socialite tells a professional tennis star his theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder. The film will be shown at The Redford Theatre at 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI. Tickets are just $4. Visit for more information.

The Birds
The Birds | Portland, OR   Friday, January 4, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
The Northwest Film Center will screen Hitchcock’s striking classic, The Birds (1963), as part of the Film Center’s UNIVERSAL PICTURES: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS. The Birds does for our fine feathered friends what Psycho did for showers, as a seaside community is terrorized when seemingly normal birds turn suddenly and inexplicably malevolent. This Hitchcock thriller is of special note for Bernard Herrmann’s evocative score composed entirely of manipulated bird sounds. The film will show at Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium at 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR. Visit or call 503-225-2811for more information.

Alfred Hitchcock Film Series | Berkeley, CA   Jan. 11-Jan. 30, 2013
Born not long after cinema itself, Hitchcock (1899–1980) got his start in England as a titles designer for silent pictures; by the time he decamped for Hollywood in 1939, he was Britain’s most acclaimed director. For viewers more familiar with his American work of the 1940s and 1950s, this series is a chance to discover the delights of the British Hitchcock. Screenings start this month and continue through April.

“The 39 Steps” - Friday, January 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
“Sabotage” - Friday, January 11, 2013, 8:45 p.m.
“The Man Who Knew Too Much” - Saturday, January 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m. 
“Rebecca” (1940) - Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
“Young and Innocent” - Friday, January 18, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
“The Lady Vanishes” (1938) - Friday, Jan 18, 2013, 8:40 p.m.
“Rear Window” - Friday, January 25, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
“North by Northwest” (1959) - Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013, 7:00p.m.

Showings are held at the Pacific Film Archive Theater at 2575 Bancroft Way, is located on the southern edge of the UC Berkeley campus between Telegraph and College Avenues.
Tickets are $5.50 for BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley Students; $9.50 for Adults; $6.50 for UC Berkeley faculty, non UCB students, seniors, youth, and disabled. Visit for more information.

Rear Window movie still
Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense | Nashville, TN  Dec.26-Jan 17, 2013
With the upcoming release of a new Hitchcock biopic about the making of Psycho, starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock; as well as the British Film Institute’s restoration of the director’s early silent films that will soon tour the U.S., the year 2013 is shaping up to be ‘the year of the Hitch.’ To take part in the celebration, The Belcourt Theatre presents “Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense” film series, Dec. 26-Jan. 17, 2013, a retrospective that surveys Hitchcock’s mammoth post-silent era.

Featuring 24 of the iconic director’s much-loved films, the series opens with the mystery thriller masterpiece Vertigo and continues with influential films including Rear Window, Strangers On A Train, To Catch A Thief, North By Northwest, The Birds, Psycho and many more. From the director’s first venture into using sound in film in 1929 with Blackmail to his experimental film Rope, which features long shots with no visible edits, the series underscores Hitchcock’s technical artistry and expertise.

Weekend filmgoers can spend nearly every Saturday and Sunday exploring Hitchcock’s work with an actor or within an era, and without a single repeated film. The Belcourt offers discounted ticket packages: a ticket Six-Pack for $39 ($30 for Belcourt members) or a Full Series Pass for $138 ($115 for Belcourt members). In addition, a limited edition screen print by Sam Smith is available to commemorate the series. Visit for more information.

The Rear Window
Screenland presents Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock | Kansas City, MO Saturday, January 12, 2013 3:00 pm & Sunday, January 13, 2013 5:00 pm
For two days only, Screenland Crossroads is showing Alfred Hitchock's film, Rear Window. Tickets are $6 for the general public or $5 for Film Society Members. Screenland Crossroads is located at 1656 Washington St, Kansas City, MO 64108. Visit for more information.

The Birds
Film Focus: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds | Tacoma, WA  Sat., January 19, 2013 at 3 pm
The Broadway Center’s Theatre on the Square on 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, will show Hitchcock’s classic 1963 film starring Rod Taylor and Tipi Hedren. In this cinematic classic, the residents of Bodega Bay are confronted with a terrible, crazed attack by birds of all shapes and sizes. Tickets are $14 and include free popcorn... We dare you to feed your leftover popcorn to the crows afterwards! Visit for more info.

Hitchcock Blonde
Hitchcock Blonde | Leicester, UK  Saturday, January 26th @ The Shed in Leicester, UK
Hitchcock Blonde are a four piece alternative rock band from London. Fronted by the explosive Ella Grace, the band's high voltage live performances are their highlight. Playing at some of London and the UK's top venues over the last year (The Garage, Cargo, The Barfly, Kasbah, The Boileroom) with the likes of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, My Red Cell, Wrongnote, and The Mars Patrol, they have been compared to Band of Skulls, the Foo Fighters, and Skunk Anansie. This past October they released their EP, “Five Pounds”, now available on Bandcamp and Digital Download. See them rock out at The Shed at 5 Yeoman Street LE1 1UT Leicester, UK. Visit for more info.

ABOB’s Alfred Hitchcock Festival | Jennings, LA  Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
Through the second half of 2012 and the first half of 2013, A Block off Broadway Community Theatre will be saluting legendary Hollywood director Alfred Hitchcock with a special seven-month-long festival in his honor.  Enjoy stage versions of Hitchcock favorites The 39 Steps and Dial ‘M’ for Murder in the fall and spring — but in between, view screenings of the films that made Hitchcock one of Tinsel Town’s finest auteurs. You can save money by purchasing a “Hitchcock Pass” to all the festival’s events. A Block Off Broadway Community Theatre is located at 432 North Main Street, Jennings, LA 70546. Visit for more info.

Alfred HitchcockThe Alfred Hitchcock Hour on STARZ- Every evening at 10:50 pm
The Classic mystery vignettes from TV's Golden Age, presented by the all-time master of suspense; guaranteed to provide a "Good eve-a-ning." Starring Martha Hyer, Gig Young, Gene Evans.






Suspicion Remake Just announced
Just in case all of this is not enough, The Hollywood Reporter has recently announced that Veena Sud, the producer and show runner of the AMC series “The Killing,” would write a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Suspician for the Montecito Picture Company. No casting or director was announced for the film remake as yet (the original starred Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine) but audiences can probably expect a concluded story in two hours or so. / Issue 142 - September 2018
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