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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene
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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

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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 set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 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. The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that's nirvana for film buffs.
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Sunday Times (UK)
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November 05, 2017

That a sequence depicting voyeurism should have drawn such myopic scrutiny is an irony not lost on the film-makers. The documentary's dedication reads: "To mother." Very droll.
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Entertainment Weekly
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October 13, 2017

78/52 is an orgy for movie obsessives. It makes you see the familiar with fresh eyes.
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Time Out
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October 13, 2017

Alexandre O. Philippe's close reading of the Psycho shower scene is as refreshingly fun and perceptive as his documentary's name (referring to Alfred Hitchcock's 78 camera setups and 52 edits over three violent minutes) is eggheaded and clinical.
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Times-Picayune
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November 07, 2017

A fascinating look at the most fascinating moment in what is arguably the most fascinating movie in the Hitchcock catalog.
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New Statesman
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November 16, 2017

The calibre of interviewees and the level of their insights in Alexandre O. Philippe's film is on the distinctly variable side, closer to one of those I Love... nostalgia-fests that are used to pad out the television schedules than to something valuable.
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CinemaDope
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December 10, 2017

Who doesn't remember where he was when Leigh shed black bra and slip, unwrapped a bar of complimentary Bates Motel soap, and washed away her sins? ... Unfortunately doc's scholarship feels sketchy, arbitrary.
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Chicago Tribune
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November 09, 2017

Hitchcock's shower scene may never leave the pop culture of fear it helped create.
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Mark Reviews Movies
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November 09, 2017

Call it a primer in film criticism and analysis, as well as a testament to Alfred Hitchcock's mastery of form...
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Los Angeles Times
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October 19, 2017

Obsessive but accessible, the deepest dive imaginable into one of the most celebrated scenes in movie history, the documentary "78/52" looks at a brief three minutes of cinema the way it's never been looked at before.
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Toronto Star
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October 13, 2017

Essential viewing, even if you have to watch through your fingers.
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Chicago Reader
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November 16, 2017

Philippe's geekiness is infectious. His passion for film shines through most when he invites some of his interviewees-like horror nerd Elijah Wood and his friends-to watch the film on camera and comment on its foreshadowing and subtle motifs.
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Slashfilm
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December 29, 2017

78/52 is both a loving tribute to the work Hitchcock did as well as a sharp, enlightening lesson in what makes Psycho so special.
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