Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the greatest horror films ever created, and is perhaps the singular most influential genre film in existence. The most noteworthy scene in the film, the famous shower scene that rests among cinema’s all-time shocking moments, is admired by genre fans and film connoisseurs in general. Among those fans is Alexandre O. Philippe, whose documentary, 78/52, is all about that scene and its resounding influence.
Distributed by IFC Midnight, the documentary focuses in shower moment specifically, with the title itself being a reference to the 78 shots and 52 cuts in the scene. With the help of filmmakers and movie stars such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, and Eli Roth among others, 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.”
If you’re a fan of Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock, and film as an art-form, 78/52 seems like essential viewing. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!