I have always been a fan of film director Alfred Hitchcock. When creating the character of Elizabeth Floyd I thought it might be fun to reimagine the Hitchcock “icy blonde” for a high-tech new century.
Hitchcock was famous for his leading ladies. They were inevitably complex, willful, sexy, and frequently blonde. While they seem somewhat dated today, they were a radical departure from the tepid female characters of their time. Here is just a sampling of Hitchcock’s blonde brew of heroines:
The plucky socialite Lisa Freeman (Grace Kelly) in Rear Window is beautifully coiffed, wears Channel, attends all the right parties, and knows all the right people. She also breaks into a suspected murderer’s apartment and steals evidence that proves the man’s wife is not away visiting her Mother, but murdered.
The daring Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) in Psycho steals a fortune from her boss to help her indebted boyfriend and ends up murdered in the shower of the Bates motel. Equally bold and blonde, her sister Lila Crane (Vera Miles) comes in for the balance of the film and sees the story through to the shocking climax.
The complex Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren) is a conniving thief in Marnie, who is repressing an even more criminal past. She dazzles and torments her husband (Sean Connery) into behaving badly. When the central mystery is finally revealed they emerge as an equal, if damaged, couple.
The mysterious and destructive Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak) is both haunted and haunting in Vertigo. Both a victim and victimizer, she becomes the acrophobic hero’s (Jimmy Stewart) unhealthy compulsion. They torment each other until the very last obsessive frame of the film.
Soyuz Blue puts this smart, strong willed, and flawed Hitchcock persona into the unforgiving crucible of space exploration: a hostile environment where the slightest misstep can lead to disaster. Add to the mix: corporate politics, scientific fraud, international terrorism, a love triangle, and you have a supercharged stage on which to tell a tale of suspense.
What will icey blonde Elizabeth Floyd’s fate be?
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