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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene takes a look at one of modern cinema's most memorable moments, offering insights of value to cineastes and casual viewers alike.
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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.
Hitchcock's shower scene may never leave the pop culture of fear it helped create.
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.
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.
Essential viewing, even if you have to watch through your fingers.
There are some interesting insights here - and a fair bit of redundant and derivative waffle ...
It's a great entry point for people who are interested in how films are made.
In a film so attentive to voyeurism and which dissects a misogynistic act, it's a bitter disservice that more women weren't given a voice.
A work of passion and love regarding the most famous scene in cinema history. The homage Hitckcock deserves. [Full review in Spanish].
Bloviating dude after bloviating dude gives their mostly unnecessary takes on Hitchcock, naturally leading to spurious claims about how Psycho was the first film to ever do everything.
The most powerful comments explore how the film caught the zeitgeist in America at a time when people were feeling safe in their homes, and in their showers.
This film was able to fill 90 minutes with the dissection of one scene, but the road is as full of success as it is with imprudence. [Full Review in Spanish]
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