78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience. 

Aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics, and fans—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich—director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings. The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

Documentary Feature

2017 Sundance Film Festival, Premiere

2018 Cinema Eye Nominee, Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation

Produced by

Exhibit A Pictures


Sensorshot Productions
Screen Division

Distributed by

IFC Midnight

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Director Alexandre O. Philippe Producer Kerry Deignan Roy Executive Producer Felix Gill, Joey Pharo and Randy Pharo  Co-Producer Chad Herschberger, Annick Mahnert, Robert Muratore, Oliver Schwem Editor Chad Herschberger Music Jon Hegel Cinematographer Robert Muratore Post Production Producer Cathy Trekloff Animator James Durée and Chad Herschberger Lead Compositor James Durée Assistant Editor Patrick Huber, Greg Herburger, Lauren Torres Color-Correction Dave Krahling

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