If you’re watching The Girl on HBO you’ll have seen the screen test where Hitch directs Tippi Hedren. Hedren appears here far more flirtatious and sexy than Siena Miller plays her, however Miller’s performance is touching and vulnerable. Both she and Toby Jones make an interesting Hitch and Tippi – not quite exactly how the two were but serving this story well nonetheless. I suspect there is more to the story than we get from this film. You’ll also want to read the New Yorker’s Richard Brody’s piece on the film.
I watched The Girl with great interest, being that The Birds is one of my favorites of all of Hitchcock’s incomparable body of work. The Girl is an interesting snapshot of Hitchcock’s sexual and psychological obsession with Tippi Hedren. I don’t think the film quite gets to the real reason for this obsession. Maybe part of it is that she exists almost entirely as a Hitchcock creation. She is plucked from obscurity – gets a makeover into a classic Hitchcock blonde and then has her career ruined because she won’t accept his sexual advances.