The fact that the 57 year old 'Psycho' still inspires such passion, curiosity and morbid voyeurism speaks volumes to its classic status. Philippe's documentary may not offer much that hasn't been covered in various tomes but does offer a stylish and cohesive look at the construction of the iconic shower scene and its ongoing effects and influence on screen history. For the film buff this is essential viewing.
The documentary would have benefitted from fewer talking heads and more grand theories, à la Room 237. Too many sound bites and one liners. Besides, the likes of Elijah Wood and Eli Roth did not bring anything interesting to the conversation.
You don't need me to tell you that there are only so many ways to make a talking head doc. You've seen one, yadda yadda yadda. And you've seen a thousand. No, but that's not fair. Sometimes if you want to impart information that has never quite been imparted the way you yearn to see it imparted, then you have to make a talking head doc. Fair enough. And who doesn't like looking at and thinking about PSYCHO?
Pure, exhaustive, thoughtful analysis in a simple and effective documentary format that doesn’t skimp on style. Nothing groundbreaking, but joyous, essential viewing for anyone who gets off on this sort of thing.
There are so many books and documentaries about Psycho, but 78/52 gives so much valuable new information about the landmark shower sequence. And maybe there is much more stuff to finds in that perfect 3 minutes of cinema.