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78/52 (2017)

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This masterful documentary focuses on a single aspect of Hitchcock's PSYCHO to demonstrate the master's technical ability in storytelling. With expert interviews and rollicking analysis, 78/52 sets a new bar in how to examine film overall.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Director Alexandre O. Philippe unpacks an entire semester's worth of cinema studies, coming to a unified theory of how one act of on-screen murder became the perfect "image of the uncaring universe."

April 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The results are hypnotic.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The film picks up when it gets down to shot-by-shot analysis, allowing editors and other interviewees to break down one of the most famous sequences in movie history.

January 25, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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A resourceful, if rather hyperbolic documentary that devotes 90 minutes to analyzing one of the most famous scenes in film history.

January 24, 2017 | Full Review…

For a long time now, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" has been two movies, and the hypnotic film-geek documentary "78/52" is an ingenious and irreverent master class in both of them.

January 24, 2017 | Full Review…

. . .the film still feels more general than it needs to be. Still, 78/52 remains a welcome rumination, encouraging viewers to cherish this part of cinema history and more closely examine films with this type of passion and acumen.

August 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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