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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

And a little more Hitchcock

Things I learned from yesterday’s Hitchcock poll: 1) “Rear Window” is the clear favorite, with about 33 percent of the votes (second was “North by Northwest” with about 22 percent, with “Psycho” just edging out “Vertigo” for third place). 2) I will never again forget to include “The Birds” in any kind of Hitchcock summary. 3) I’m astonished that “Rebecca” got so few votes, but the poll forced everyone to pick just one. So be it. I do love “Rear Window”; it was on cable the other day and I couldn’t help watching a good chunk of it, for the umpteenth time. Never get tired of gazing through those windows with Jimmy Stewart, or just gazing at Grace Kelly.
Meanwhile, there’s a surprising amount of Hitchcock-related news out there, considering the fellow’s been dead for 32 years: Two behind-the-scenes-of-Hitchcock-movies films are in the works. “The Girl,” which will air on HBO in October, is about the making of “The Birds,” and features Toby Jones as Hitch and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren (who recently told press that Hitchcock was “evil, deviant, almost to the point of dangerous”). (The Deadline.com story also mentions, in passing, a planned 3D remake of “The Birds,” which is a terrible idea about which we should say no more.) Also in the works is “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho’,” a big-screen feature starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma, and Scarlett Johansson as ill-fated showerer Janet Leigh. The film is currently in post-production; its producers are deciding whether to rush into a late-year release for 2012 Oscar consideration.

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