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Documentary slices ‘Psycho’ shower scene

Published on November 9, 2017 2:47PM

PORTLAND — A new documentary about the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 movie “Psycho” will be screened in Portland.

The film’s title, “78/52,” refers to the number of camera set-ups and edits that resulted in the creation of the 3-minute scene. The documentary premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

The 91-minute film will be screened Friday, Nov. 24 at 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. In addition, for people who want the full “Psycho” experience, the original film can be viewed Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Director Alexandre O. Philippe breaks down the notorious scene shot-for-shot, with input from other movie buffs and filmmakers. In addition to focusing on actress Janet Leigh’s facial expressions and the film’s camera work, Philippe examines the scene’s impact on cinema.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit www.nwfilm.org.


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