78/52

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This documentary was quite engaging as it deals with perhaps the most famous scene in movie history and its effects on the film world in general.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was a departure for the acclaimed director and it caused plenty of shock and disbelief.  Much of the reason for that reaction was a scene about a third of the way through the movie where the star of the movie, Vivian Leigh, is murdered while taking a shower.

People did not see it coming.  The beginning of Psycho focused on Marian Crane, the character Leigh played, but it was all a red herring…a joke (as Hitchcock himself put it) on the audience, bringing the true story of Psycho to the forefront.

This documentary by Alexandre O. Philippe really hits its stride when it is dealing with the specifics on how the scene was shot and why Hitchcock did certain things and what they were meant to show.  Many big name stars appear in the documentary to espouse their own personal feelings about the scene.  These celebs include Jamie Lee Curtis, Peter Bogdanovich, Elijah Wood, Guillermo del Toro, and Eli Roth.

The title of the film is a reference to the 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes it took to finish the scene.  If you are someone who enjoys the process it takes to create a movie scene, or someone interested in breaking down the parts of an iconic film scene, then this documentary is for you.  Being a fan of Hitchcock, I enjoyed the film and I also appreciated the allusions to other Hitchcock films in comparison.

4 stars

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