When a college film student is murdered — just before a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound — in a fictional college in a fictional town, it’s no surprise the teller of the tale is Elissa Grodin of Wilton.
Ms. Grodin is no stranger to the world of movies, which plays a big part in her latest book, Death by Hitchcock. She is married to actor Charles Grodin and for a period of time wrote about movies. Perhaps most tellingly, her grandfather, Edward Dubinsky, was a vaudevillian who eventually owned several movie theaters in her native Kansas City, Mo. (He later changed his name to Durwood.) Her father, the late Stanley H. Durwood, took over the family business, eventually becoming president of AMC Entertainment and helped change the way people viewed movies by developing the multi-plex.