The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, 'Psycho' redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the movie-going experience. Aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics, and fans - including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich - director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock's dense web of allusions and double meanings. The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that's nirvana for film buffs.
There is the occasional nugget of something interesting in here , but in truth the premise simply isn't big enough to carry the whole movie. Also I can't begin to understand why some of the talking heads were even there , other than having seen Psycho at some point I'm not sure how they can be thought of as having any great insight to offer.
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A homage to Hitchcock...
- 78/52 review by Brummie
If you have any doubts about Hitchcock been a truly great film director/ producer then you MUST watch this! Yes at times it can seem a bit tedious as the various talking heads give their analysis of the film Psycho, but at the same time it is perhaps deserved that a film as good as Psycho should have this amount of time devoted to it. The film also devotes a lot of time to shower scene particularly as that is ultimately the best part of Psycho. After watching this film you will marvel at Hitchcock’s devotion to detail and yes, you will want to watch the original film again - just so that you can see what the talking heads were getting so worked up about! If ever you wanted proof of films being an art form in the correct hands, then this film must surely answer that question. You will most likely also want to watch a lot of the films mentioned in this film - I will!