An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, the 'Man behind the Curtain', and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.
Filmmakers: Alexandre O. Philippe
Runtime: 91 mins
In 78 setups and 52 cuts, the deliriously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in PSYCHO ripped apart cinema’s definition of horror. With a shocking combination of exploitation and high art, Alfred Hitchcock upended his own acclaimed narrative structure by violently killing off his heroine a third of the way through his film. PSYCHO played out like a horrific prank, forcing audiences to recognize that even the most banal domestic spaces were now fair game for unspeakable mayhem.With black-and-white film-geek reverence, director Alexandre O. Philippe breaks down this notorious and essential scene shot for shot, enlisting the help of film buffs and filmmakers alike—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich.
"An enthralling act of film criticism" - Variety
"Philippe's tribute to Hollywood's most famous stabbing is an archival feast" - Screen International
"78/52 is thoughtful, verbose, and very funny, but more than anything, it’s a celebration of film, and what it’s capable of." - Flavorwire
"Hypnotic" - The Village Voice
"If you are a Hitchcock fan, this one is required viewing. " - Business Insider
"A fascinating exploration that will delight film nerds." - Collider
"A movie nerd's dream" - ScreenCrush
Alexandre O. Philippe holds a master's degree in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is creative director of Denver-based Cinema Vertige and Exhibit A Pictures. He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning films and documentaries, including The People vs. George Lucas, The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus, and Doc of the Dead. Philippe is also co-owner and co-creator of Fried Comics.
Director: Alexandre O. Phiippe
Screenwriter: Alexandre O. Philippe
Producer: Kerry Deignan Roy
Co Producers: Oliver Schwehm, Chad Herschberger, Annick Mahnert and Robert Muratore
Executive Producers: Felix Gill, Joey Porcelli and Randy Pharo
Director Of Photography: Robert Muratore
Editor: Chad Herschberger
Composer: Jon Hegel
Sound Designer: Phillip Lloyd Hegel
Sundance Film Festival 2017
Melbourne International Film Festival 2017