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Hitchcock Blondes

Do men prefer blondes? Alfred Hitchcock certainly did. The director's flaxen heroines were aloof beauties; frosty, but with fiery streaks beneath. They made the best victims. As Hitch once quipped: "They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints." His obsession with casting (and, well, torturing) fair-haired leading ladies has been documented in two new films, out this fall. Both movies take close looks at his troubling relationships with his stars. In HBO's The Girl, Sienna Miller plays Tippi Hedren, who survived a ferocious flock of live birds and worse before breaking her contract with the esteemed director.

In Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson takes on the role of Janet Leigh in a behind-the-scenes recreation of the making of Psycho. Leigh was hacked to pieces and earned an Oscar nod; some women never took showers again. Talk about a lasting impression.

—Fiorella Valdesolo

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