Wednesday, April 11, 2018

78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe. Cast: Peter Bogdanovich, Jamie Lee Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, Illeana Douglas, Danny Elfman, Walter Murch, Elijah Wood, Eli Roth, Gary Rydstrom. 91 min. Not Rated. Documentary.

IMO, Psycho is Hitchcock's best film, and together with The Exorcist and The Shining, rounds up the best three horror movies ever made. Case-in-point: an entire documentary, solely to analyze one scene in Hitch's masterpiece (on par with Hitchcock/Trufautt, an entire documentary about one Hitchcock interview). Some moments like Elijah Wood sitting on a couch with others watching it saying: "Wow ... ooooh ..." are quite dumb, but editing grand-master Walter Murch analyzing the 52 shots of the 78 second sequence, is movie-lover gold. See why Psycho's shower scene is taught in film school as one of the greatest ever created.

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