'78/52' is an orgy for movie obsessives. It makes you see the familiar with fresh eyes.
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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

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 moviegoing 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.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 10.20.17 - 10.26.17
Playhouse 7, 10.20.17 - 10.26.17
Rated NR
Runtime: 92 min
Language: English

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe
Cast: Bret Easton Ellis, Eli Roth, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis
FEATURED REVIEW: Peter Howell, Toronto Star
The Bates Motel shower murder scene of Janet Leigh’s fugitive Marion Crane lasts just three minutes in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror 'Psycho,' but the slash marks on the collective unconscious have endured for decades. Documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe ('The People vs....