78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: October 13, 2017
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2017
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene takes a look at one of modern cinema's most memorable moments, offering insights of value to cineastes and casual viewers alike.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Obsessive but accessible, the deepest dive imaginable into one of the most celebrated scenes in movie history, the documentary "78/52" looks at a brief three minutes of cinema the way it's never been looked at before.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

78/52 is an orgy for movie obsessives. It makes you see the familiar with fresh eyes.

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

It's a much more mature and worthwhile effort than director Alexandre O. Philippe's movie from a few years ago about how George Lucas ruined whiny guys' childhoods.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Alexandre O. Philippe's close reading of the Psycho shower scene is as refreshingly fun and perceptive as his documentary's name (referring to Alfred Hitchcock's 78 camera setups and 52 edits over three violent minutes) is eggheaded and clinical.

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Godfrey Cheshire

In providing a detailed analysis of the shower scene in Hitchcock's horror milestone, makes a persuasive case for Psycho as the film that jump-started modern cinema.

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Leonard Maltin

I found this film absolutely mesmerizing. If you're any kind of film buff, 78/52 is a must-see.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Essential viewing, even if you have to watch through your fingers.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

It's a screen moment to treat with total reverence - and so enduring it could sustain "78/52: Part 2."

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Peter Turner

For everyone else who has ever thought studying film would suck all the joy out of actually watching films, stay well clear.

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