The most famous murder scene in movie history comprises 78 camera settings and 52 cuts. We are of course talking about the shower scene in Psycho, in which protagonist Marion Crane is killed with a knife by mama’s boy Norman Bates. After this documentary you will know absolutely all there is to know about the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of only three minutes long.
After The People vs. George Lucas, documentary maker Alexandre O. Philippe once again dives into a pop culture phenomenon. Once we are brought up to speed on the time in which the film was created – the period between the fear of the Red Menace and the emergence of the civil rights movement – Philippe starts working towards the iconic scene itself, analysing it almost frame by frame based on interviews with filmmakers, actors, editors and composers. Philippe even tracked down lead actress Janet Leigh’s body double, who contributes some very funny anecdotes. Whatever you do, don’t miss this rich homage to Hitchcock’s last true masterpiece.
With special thanks to the Embassy of Switzerland.