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FILM CHOICE; Anne makes a Heche of it.

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AFTER stealing pounds 250,000 from her boss, Anne Heche makes an even worse mistake - she books into Bates Motel.

Gus Van Sant's notorious, nearly shot-for-shot remake of arguably Hitchcock's most famous thriller is one of the weirdest acts of homage ever committed to screen.

An interesting, if pointless, exercise which makes mistakes right from the start (by retaining the original dialogue but updating the setting to 1998), most crucially in the casting.

Anne Heche's thin and reedy voice is no match for Janet Leigh's lightly seductive tone while Vince Vaughn couldn't hope to capture the cadences of Anthony Perkins' distinctive and eternally creepy speech patterns.

Physically, Vaughn is all wrong, too. He's soft and fleshy where Perkins was all angular awkwardness, like a stricken bird. Despite slavishly following Hitchcock's camera movements, Van Sant leaves his signature on the film by inserting hallucinatory frames into the two murder sequences. It's another mistake, but it is at least his own. With Julianne Moore. (1998)
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 12, 2000
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