The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
When you deal with such an iconic character who deliberately created a caricature of himself, then it's possibly best practice to follow suit.
Such is the approach of Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Hitchcock, the master of suspense who suddenly found it necessary to restore his reputation with a new shocker and came up with Psycho.
But when Paramount studios refused the finance, Hitch and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) had to employ all their creative talents to transfer the script to screen, including mortgaging the mansion.
Sadly, while the film successfully illustrates Hitchcock's film methods like the shower scene in Psycho and his battles with the US censors, it fails to fully flesh out his penchant for celluloid muses in the mould of Grace Kelly.
Nevertheless, it has some great one-liners and Mirren's performance is pitch perfect as Alma, the women whose production skills and knowledge of the man proved he was no one-man band.