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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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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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.

October 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Essential viewing, even if you have to watch through your fingers.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

78/52 is an orgy for movie obsessives. It makes you see the familiar with fresh eyes.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

In providing a detailed analysis of the shower scene in Hitchcock's horror milestone, makes a persuasive case for Psycho as the film that jump-started modern cinema.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a screen moment to treat with total reverence - and so enduring it could sustain "78/52: Part 2."

October 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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