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’78/52′, the ‘Psycho’ Shower Scene Documentary, Was Acquired by IFC Out of Sundance

IFC has acquired U.S. rights to 78/52, a documentary that isn’t about Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, but quite specifically the shower scene that lies within.

Alexandre Philippe directs this unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene, the “man behind the curtain,” and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

Having had its world premiere at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival, we previously shared this first clip (via EW) that focuses solely on sound design and how Hitchcock created the effect of a knife piercing skin.

78/52 features a lengthy list of interviewees, including Guillermo del Toro, Peter Bogdanovich, Elijah Wood, Bret Easton Ellis, Neil Marshall, Danny Elfman, Karyn Kusama, Apocalypse Now editor Walter Murch, Janet Leigh’s actress daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, and Anthony Perkins’ filmmaker son, Osgood Perkins.

The film’s title refers to the number of setups (78) and the number of cuts (52) in the notorious sequence…




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