78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene2017
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)
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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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.
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.
Hitchcock's shower scene may never leave the pop culture of fear it helped create.
To witness the sequence broken down in forensic detail is to appreciate its economy of storytelling anew, and to see its influence on subsequent popular culture, but to do so for 90 minutes might stretch even a superfan's patience.
The infamous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho gets taken apart, fabulously dissected, then reassembled for this expansive and essential Hollywood documentary named after the scene's 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits.
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