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

78/52 (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 October 2017 (USA)
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An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the "man behind the curtain", and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marli Renfro Marli Renfro ... Herself
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)
Tere Carrubba Tere Carrubba ... Herself
Alan Barnette Alan Barnette ... Himself
Richard Stanley ... Himself
Elijah Wood ... Himself
Bret Easton Ellis ... Himself
Leigh Whannell ... Himself
Karyn Kusama ... Herself
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Scott Spiegel ... Himself
Daniel Noah ... Himself
Mick Garris ... Himself
Stephen Rebello ... Himself
Marco Calavita Marco Calavita ... Himself
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An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the "man behind the curtain", and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

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78 Shots & 52 Cuts That Changed Cinema Forever

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English

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13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,738, 15 October 2017

Gross USA:

$37,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,838
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The shower scene in Psycho (1960) consists of 78 camera setups and 52 cuts, hence the documentary's title. See more »

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Features Suspicion (1941) See more »

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lacking any new insight...
15 October 2017 | by MichaelJDorrSee all my reviews

As a Hitchcock fan, the premise of 78/52 really excited me. Like many cinephiles, I love Psycho...for its boldness, brilliant pacing and unforgettable performances.

One thing I enjoyed about 78/52 was the collective passion for the subject matter (the famous Psycho "shower scene"). The excitement from the filmmaker and interviewees was quite contagious; making the film very watchable from beginning to end.

I enjoyed the film's exploration of the shower scene's impact on cinema; specifically, its influence on Scorsese (and Raging Bull) as well as how the scene inspired an entire genre of subsequent 'slasher' films.

BUT...with that said, I struggled to find "new news". There is extensive research and discussion on Hitchcock and Psycho. A lot has already been explored. I found that 78/52 fell short of offering any fresh insight. Maybe it is because the documentary's interviews (mostly with with film editors) felt like a series of fanboys gushing over Hitchcock's brilliance. I found this to be quite tedious.

Lastly, I think the film needed to discuss Hitchcock's (unhealthy) relationship with women as an influence on his obsession with the shower scene. It is well-documented that Hitchcock subjected some of his actresses to forms of abuse (Tippi Hedren, Vera Miles). While Janet Leigh was always extremely professional/positive toward Hitchcock, I think the Psycho's shower scene desperately needs examination of Hitchcock, his own sexual obsessions with voyeurism and his general view of women.

If you're Hitchcock fan, I think you'll find 78/52 quite satisfying; even if it does fall a bit short of something new.


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