78/52

2017 | USA | 91 Minutes

In 78 setups and 52 cuts, the deliriously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in PSYCHO ripped apart cinema’s definition of horror. With a shocking combination of exploitation and high art, Alfred Hitchcock upended his own acclaimed narrative structure by violently killing off a heroine a third of the way through his film, without explanation, justification, or higher purpose.

With black-and-white film-geek reverence, director Alexandre O. Philippe (THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS) breaks down this most notorious and essential scene shot for shot, enlisting the help of film buffs and filmmakers alike—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich.

 

Screening as part of the 2017 Bell Media Best of Hot Docs series.

May 12, 2017 @ 9:45 pm

Metro Cinema

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Film Information

Country: USA

Production year: 2017

Running time: 91 minutes

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

Language: English

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