Kim Novak

Recently Kim Novak defended Hitchcock in The Daily Telegraph. “I feel bad about all the stuff people are saying about him now – that he was a weird character. I did not find him to be weird at all. I never saw him make a pass at anybody or act strange to anybody. And wouldn’t you think if he was that way I would’ve seen it or at least seen him with somebody? I think it’s unfortunate when someone’s no longer around and can’t defend themselves.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/9586303/Kim-Novak-tells-all.html

http://rushfieldbabylon.com/post/34038817062/kim-novak-on-hitchcock-no-creep-to-me-im

In August of this year, Vertigo was voted the number 1 film of all time. Shortly afterwards, Save Hitchcock interviewed Kim on August 31st 2012 in Los Angeles:

“It’s wonderful that Vertigo has been voted Number 1 film of all time, it’s only a shame that Hitch and Jimmy Stewart aren’t here to know it, but at least I’m here. I think people respond to Vertigo because there are so many layers, there is always something new to see. It’s not only a film, you never get bored watching, there are new nuances to find. Hitch used to say, ‘That’s why it’s a mystery’, he didn’t know all the answers himself.

“I loved playing both Judy and Madeline for different reasons. I identified more with Judy than Madeline and Hitchcock gave me freedom in playing Judy than Madeline. That was intentional on his part, making it more comfortable for me in the role. The character really was Judy (she’s playing Madeline), he let me choose the clothes she wore and Hitchcock was very agreeable.

“I had a shoe fetish at the time and I didn’t like wearing the dark shoes of Madeline, but that added to the character. They made me feel uncomfortable and that worked for me, it made me feel out of place. She was having to pretend all the time to be something that she wasn’t, and that part was helping me. I also wore a blonde hairpiece which was very pulled back and unnatural.”

 

Extracts from Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass published in May 2013

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Norman Lloyd

According to Norman Lloyd, who is precise and sharp-witted at age 98, the revisionist depiction of Hitchcock is bizarre.

“Hitch was fascinated with his leading ladies,” Lloyd points out. “But if he had a favorite, it was Grace Kelly, and nothing ever came of it other than lots of retakes.” A tough-minded and highly efficient director, Hitchcock made his movies for well under $4 million, with “Psycho” coming in on a budget of $750,000, Lloyd reminds us. “Hitch was in fact a wonderful human being as well as a master filmmaker,” says Lloyd. “He deserves to be remembered that way.”

Read the full article here:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118062046

 

Suzanne Pleshette

Suzanne Pleshette (1937-2008) who played Annie in The Birds was interviewed on February 9th 2006 in Los Angeles

“For me he was wonderful, generous and loving, and I had a wonderful experience with him. We’ve heard many stories about how controlling he was, and what I think Hitchcock was trying to do was protect his vision of the film, which most directors do, some more subtly than others. But I coming from the theatre, am used to collaborating and not knowing that Mr. Hitchcock didn’t want to collaborate with me. So instead of not listening to me, he was very attentive, and sometimes even listened to some of my ideas, and he always made me feel that I had something to say and that what I had to do was valuable. He was very generous, the only people who don’t welcome that kind of collaboration are insecure people who aren’t very good.”