In 78 setups and 52 cuts, the deliriously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in Psycho ripped apart cinema’s definition of horror. With a shocking combination of exploitation and high art, Alfred Hitchcock upended his own acclaimed narrative structure by violently killing off his heroine a third of the way through his film. Psycho played out like a horrific prank, forcing audiences to recognise that even the most banal domestic spaces were now fair game for unspeakable mayhem. With black-and-white film-geek reverence, director Alexandre O. Philippe breaks down this notorious and essential scene shot for shot, enlisting the help of film buffs and filmmakers alike — including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth and Peter Bogdanovich.
*Director Alexandre Philippe will attend the Festival in Wellington & Auckland. A Q&A will follow the screenings.
- NZ Premiere