Office worker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. One Friday Marion is entrusted with $40,000 to take to the bank. Seeing the opportunity to keep the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel Manager Norman Bates oddly seems to be dominated by his mother. A classic tale of horror and one of the most famous scenes in film history. —Cannes Film Festival
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
Una tensione che non molla mai,dettagli ripresi magnificamente,giochi di luci e ombre,un'alternanza di primi piani e riprese ampie, immagini spesso squadrate da linee nette,giochi di specchi che creano sempre smarrimento ed una continua sensazione di qualcosa di incombente:tutto questo è Psycho. Ogni singola scena sembra una possibile svolta. Hitchcock suggella la sua immortalità con questo assoluto capolavoro.5*
Worth re-watching for Anthony Perkins alone who is incredible in this and displays a sense of presence that most actors could only dream of. The effects and spook-factor are quite tame and almost laughable by today's standards but it's strong story-telling none-the-less. 4 stars
Also: Sight & Sound’s Gilbert Adair archive, new restorations from the National Film Preservation Foundation and more.
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The Bernard Herrmann centennial is the occasion for a two-week, 22-film retrospective.
The composer best known for his work with Alfred Hitchcock would have been 100 today. Jim Fusilli in the Wall Street Journal: "Bernard Herrmann
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From Douglas Gordon's 24 Hour Psycho (1993), on exhibit inside the Bell Lightbox and viewable from the street.
I cannot remember a time in my life during which I did not believe that Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho was in some fundamental way a perfect fim
Breathless turned 50 just once this year, but Psycho's celebrating its anniversary twice — first with a re-release in the UK back in April
A funny thing happened on the way to the weekend. Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass, with Ed Norton playing twin brothers — the gag
When you look up the phrase “Horror Film” in the dictionary .. a picture of Janet Leigh screaming in a shower should appear next to it. Undoubtedly, Psycho is the greatest horror film ever made, bar… read review
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers:Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
Anthony Perkins… read review
How do you begin to review one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Everyone knows it’s brilliantly directed and original, but it’s also one of the most unconventional films of the time. Killing… read review