Hollywood Takes On Classic Hitchcock

Known as the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest film-makers ever and that’s perhaps why modern day actors and actresses in Hollywood have taken on some of his most iconic imagery.

After a bit of Sunday afternoon Reddit browsing, I came across a photo-shoot from Vanity Fair‘s 2008 Hollywood Portfolio of Hitchcock Classics. I’ve never seen these before and thought they were absolutely astounding.

Featuring stars such as Keira Knightley, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, Jodie Foster and Javier Bardem, the shots are recreations of some of Hitchcock’s most famous scenes. Shot by famous photographers Julian Broad, Norman Jean Roy, Mark Seliger and Art Streiber, the photos are a thing of beauty and celebrate just why Alfred Hitchcock is still so loved even to this day.

Here’s my five favourite photos:

Jodie Foster as Tippi Hedren in The Birds, 1963. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy.

Charlize Theron as Grace Kelly in Dial M for Murder, 1954. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy.

Scarlett Johannson and Javier Bardem as Grace Kelly and James Stewart in Rear Window, 1954. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. as Grace Kelly and Carry Grant in To Catch a Thief, 1955. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy.

Perhaps the most strikingly beautiful shot is the recreation of Hitchcock’s most famous and well known shower scene in Psycho, 1960. Here, Mario Cotillard takes on the role of Janet Leigh, photographed by Mark Seliger.

I’m not sure how it managed to take me eight years to come across these photos, but I’m really glad I did. It’s great to see Hitchcock’s imagery still celebrated – and not in the form of a pointless remake. Imgur author ExitStrateG even went to the effort of comparing the old and new imagery together to see how they compare. You can take a look at them below.

Portfolio images, and the stills that inspired them

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