Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
In our new episode of 'Sleeping Beauty' for Ink & Paint, Daniel looks at its lasting legacy on animation, cinema and art - click to listen now!x
review, 78/52, 78/52, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Bogdanovich, Karyn Kusama, Bret Easton Ellis, Eli Roth, Oz Perkins, Leigh Whannell, Emilie Germain, Walter Murch, Geoff Marslett, Alexandre O. Philippe, Documentary

78/52

★★★

A BLOW-BY-BLOW ACCOUNT OF 'PSYCHO'S' SHOWER SCENE

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jake Watt
8th June 2017

Consisting of 78 shots and lasting 52 seconds, the shower scene in ‘Psycho’ broke new ground upon the film’s release in 1960 - not only for the shocking violence of Janet Leigh's slashing knife murder at the Bates Motel, but also because the film's female lead was eliminated in the first third of the picture.

This detailed documentary from Alexandre O. Phillipe (‘The People vs George Lucas’, ‘Doc of the Dead’, ‘The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus’) assumes you are an Alfred Hitchcock fan and able to intelligently dissect and converse about his filmography and other works (even if you haven’t seen every movie he directed). ‘78/52’ starts out by looking at the climate that produced ‘Psycho’, Hitchcock’s motivation for making it, and then continues to take steps towards the shower scene until it finally reaches those iconic few minutes that arguably changed the course of cinema.

'78/52' TRAILER

‘78/52’ points out to viewers - not unlike a film studies lecturer to a class full of dewy-eyed cinephiles - that when you have a director working at Hitchcock’s level, nothing is done by accident. Although Hitchcock himself wasn't convinced the shower scene was effective until Bernard Herrmann's brilliant, shrieking strings were added (the director had originally intended to use no musical accompaniment at all), the fact that he devoted an entire week to filming it suggests the importance he attached to it.

Numerous anecdotes are widely known, including those about the use of nude model stand-in Marli Renfro, chocolate sauce standing in for blood in the black-and-white feature and the fact that you never see the knife blade penetrate skin. The documentary goes deeper on details like the selection of the knife, the nudity, skirting of censorship and decisions relating to film speed and cutting frequency.

When you have a director working at Hitchcock’s level, nothing is done by accident.

It also includes commentaries from the likes of horror director Guillermo del Toro, editor Walter Murch, the stars' children Jamie Lee Curtis and Osgood Perkins, Hitchcock granddaughter Tere Carrubba, 'American Psycho' author Bret Easton Ellis, and several serious critics.

Illuminating the importance of every aspect of production, down to the tiniest detail, ‘78/52’ feels like required viewing for Hitchcock fans as well as film nerds in general.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 1h 31m
CAST: Guillermo Del Toro
Peter Bogdanovich
Karyn Kusama
Bret Easton Ellis
Eli Roth
Oz Perkins
Leigh Whannell
Emilie Germain
Walter Murch
Geoff Marslett
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Alexandre O. Philippe
PRODUCER: Kerry Deignan Roy
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Looking for more Sydney Film Festival reviews? Click here to check out our collection of this year's highlights.
The Food Club - A taste of the spice of life
TRENDINGWIN THE FOOD CLUBA taste of the spice of life
Pocahontas - 25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
TRENDINGPOCAHONTAS25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
High Ground - Australia's cycle of violence
TRENDINGHIGH GROUNDAustralia's cycle of violence
The Secrets We Keep - They kept a big secret... this movie is mediocre
TRENDINGTHE SECRETS WE KEEPThey kept a big secret... this movie is mediocre
Jungle - A true story told poorly
TRENDINGJUNGLEA true story told poorly
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
Summerland - Sweet and sentimental
TRENDINGSUMMERLANDSweet and sentimental
Malila: The Farewell Flower - Contemplating love and loss
TRENDINGMALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWERContemplating love and loss
Pixie - A violent bunch of eejits
TRENDINGPIXIEA violent bunch of eejits
High School Musical - The start of something new, even 15 years on
TRENDINGHIGH SCHOOL MUSICALThe start of something new, even 15 years on
The Trouble with Being Born - Controversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
TRENDINGTHE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORNControversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
River's Edge - The kids aren't alright
TRENDINGRIVER'S EDGEThe kids aren't alright
Penguin Bloom - An inspiring true Aussie film
TRENDINGPENGUIN BLOOMAn inspiring true Aussie film
The Great Battle - An awesomely entertaining war epic
TRENDINGTHE GREAT BATTLEAn awesomely entertaining war epic
The Painter and the Thief - A strange, joyful examination of an artist and her muse
TRENDINGTHE PAINTER AND THE THIEFA strange, joyful examination of an artist and her muse
Promising Young Woman - Nice guys no more
TRENDINGPROMISING YOUNG WOMANNice guys no more
The Wolf's Call - Suspense, silliness and sonar sweeps
TRENDINGTHE WOLF'S CALLSuspense, silliness and sonar sweeps
Revisiting 'Dark City' 20 years later - The most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
TRENDINGREVISITING 'DARK CITY' 20 YEARS LATERThe most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
The World at War - The landmark documentary series restored in high definition
TRENDINGTHE WORLD AT WARThe landmark documentary series restored in high definition
Ammonite - Francis Lee delivers another beautiful portrait of love and longing
TRENDINGAMMONITEFrancis Lee delivers another beautiful portrait of love and longing
© 2011 - 2021 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us!