This fascinating documentary breaks down the 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits that went into creating what is possibly the most famous and influential 3-minute sequence in horror movie history, if not cinema itself– the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. No matter how many times you’ve seen Janet Leigh’s luckless Marion fall victim in this 1960 classic, you’ll discover fresh nuances and perspectives in 78/52 as a series of talking heads – including filmmakers Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth and Peter Bogdanovich, and Leigh’s daughter Jamie Lee Curtis and body double Marli Renfro – help director Alexandre O Philippe dissect the scene, shot by shot, frame by frame, stab by stab.
Certificate 15. Runtime92 mins. Director Alexandre O Philippe
78/52 is available on DVD from Dogwoof.
- Director Alexandre O. Philippe in conversation with Danny Leigh
- Extended interviews with Guillermo del Toro and Walter Murch
- Melon featurette
- Recording the 78/52 score
- Psycho intro by Alexandre and Ben Mankiewicz (courtesy Turner Classic Movies, Inc.)
- Theatrical Trailer
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