Hitchcock's Shower Scene

DVD - 2017 | Widescreen version
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Examines the famous shower scene from the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, and its impact on the film industry in the years that followed.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 PSY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color, black & white ; 4 3/4 in
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Any Hitchcock-based documentary is something I will see. Unlike some, this one is definitely worth it. Technically a film about the making of one short scene (in Psycho), it really feels more like a case study on filmmaking in general.

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Sep 08, 2019

Interesting subject matter and the directors talked to important Industry professionals but overall, kind of pretentious. What really "killed" it for me was the constant and persistent violin music playing over the dialogue and interviews in what should have been the background but became the foreground. It always competed with what people were saying and at times it downed them out. And it added to the pretentiousness. There was some interesting facts and information here but the music drove me nuts and I finally just turned it off.

sit_walk May 01, 2019

A rather pedestrian exploration of this pivotal snippet of film history.

Dec 15, 2018

Way too much obsession with Psycho's shower scene, even for a Hitchcock fan. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 27, 2018

As the story goes - In 1960's "Psycho" - It took director, Alfred Hitchcock (and his film crew) 78 camera set ups and 52 edits in order to capture just one particular 3-minute scene in the movie.

And, this, of course, was the now-famous "shower scene" where deranged transvestite, Norman Bates sliced and diced the naked and vulnerable Marion Crane (while strains of Bernard Herrmann's music-score screeched out at the top of its lungs).

Now - Nearly 60 years later - This documentary takes a microscopic look at this one praised and heralded slasher scene. And through interviews with various people, it completely dissects this sequence so that no stone is left unturned.

According to those who voiced their opinions in 78/52 - The overall execution of this one murder scene (though tame by today's "in-your-face" standards) has had a significant impact on all slasher films ever since.

Anyway - I found that 78/52 had both its fair share of good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments, too.

Jul 05, 2018

This is a surprisingly good doc about a subject you would think has been beaten to death (sorry !) , but it does examines, a little too minutely perhaps, the cultural background of the times that PSYCHO was made and the effects it had on 'society', though of course from a cineste's point of view. Recommended for all Hitchcock fans, if you are interested in the topic, otherwise I think this would bore you as over-kill (sorry again for the puns !)

Apr 03, 2018

420 !!!


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