78/52 (15)


From the archive

This film was last shown on 4 January 2018

The pattering of water, Bernard Herrmann’s icy score, gruesome sound effects made by messing around with fruit, black and white fear in the dark; the man behind the curtain and a lifeless staring eyeball: 78 camera set- ups and 52 edits, culminating in 3 taut minutes that changed cinematic history forever. Talking heads in a motel talk directly to the camera about voyeurism and primal moments, breaking down and unpacking a dense web of allusions, double bluffs and MacGuffins to discover what really makes a Psycho. But these Bates buffs are Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich. As Hitchcock once said - “I once made a movie. It was intended to cause people to scream and yell, but I was horrified that some people took it seriously.” This film certainly does.


Alexandre O. Philippe
91 mins
Desi Arnaz, Elizabeth Allan, Judith Anderson


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