By MICHAEL GINGOLD
A truly penetrating documentary, Alexandre O. Philippe’s 78/52 takes a fascinating look at Alfred Hitchcock’s classic PSYCHO and its legendary shower murder. A new trailer has arisen for the movie, which sees release in October.
Opening in select theaters and on VOD and all digital platforms October 13 from IFC Films under the IFC Midnight banner, 78/52 has already won applause at a number of festivals (see our review here). The synopsis: “The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. With 78 camera setups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, PSYCHO redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience. Aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics, and fans—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth and Peter Bogdanovich—director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game-changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.”
Look for an interview with Philippe on 78/52 in RUE MORGUE #177, on sale now!