78/52

The most famous murder scene in movie history comprises 78 camera settings and 52 cuts: the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. 78/52 tells the story of the man behind the curtain and his greatest obsession.

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  • ★★★½ review by Caitlin on Letterboxd

    this was Good and the director was there which was Cool and he did a q&a afterwards and that was Nice but enough is enough. I must speak my truth. I would like to know what business Norman Bates had being that hot

  • ★★★½ review by Matt Singer on Letterboxd

    Prepare to be drowned in Psycho minutia. Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • ★★★★ review by Allison M. on Letterboxd

    Pretty good documentary that explores the "shower scene" in Hitchcock's Psycho within the context of his films and others'.

    There were a ton of things I hadn't thought of before, including the fight scene in Raging Bull was staged like the shower scene in Psycho.

    Really, you have people from Peter Bogdanovitch to Elijah Wood talking about the scene as well as the editor from the Psycho remake.

    Overall, a great film for anyone remotely interested in Hitchcock or Psycho.

    Vegan POV: a non meat eater describes how they stabbed a raw steak as well as melons combining both to create the sound effects for the shower scene. The non meat eater said it made him feel nauseous to talk about.

  • ★★★★ review by Jeremiah on Letterboxd

    78 shots, 52 cuts.

    One part an insightful look at Hitchcockian film history as it relates both socially and politically, to late 1950s and early 60s Americana, and the ultimate accumulation of related change being expressed in one of film's most iconic moments ever. Another part, the scrupulous deconstruction of said scene.

    And here I thought it was simply a woman being stabbed in the shower.

    78/52 was thoroughly captivating, and provided some amazing education on the filmmaking process through the dissection of Alfred Hitchcock's work - namely Psycho. Additionally, having these well-known artists - who themselves have been part of various aspects of filmmaking - provide commentary, made for a fun - if sometimes hammy - analysis. Mostly, I was impressed with just how many little details were present that went into foreshadowing Marion's untimely death. Things that, in retrospect, only make the infamous scene that much more incredible.

    Whether many of these details were planned or merely coincidence, doesn't matter. They exist, and add greatly to a film that ceases to lose any power through the years; If anything, Psycho is more powerful today than it ever was.

  • ★★★½ review by Aaron Hendrix on Letterboxd

    It was not a time for technicolor anymore

    Alexandre O. Phillipe's reverent documentary on the iconic shower scene is certainly an interesting watch, especially if you love - or even just appreciate - Hitchcock. It doesn't necessarily say anything revolutionary about the film, but it's worth seeing if you're at all interested in the subject matter.

    Full review coming to Talk Film Society this Thursday.

    I give it a 3.5/5.

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