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’78/52′, the ‘Psycho’ Shower Scene Documentary, Was Pulled From SXSW

It was announced back in January that IFC had 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. Bloody Disgusting has learned that the film has been pulled out of the upcoming SXSW Film Festival. No reason was given, although this happens quite often when a film is acquired before a festival premiere.

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.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where 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…



  • Cappy Tally

    Could it have something to do with SXSW threatening to call ICE on foreign artists if they don’t follow their rules? I know there’s some controversy about that, especially considering today’s very fascist political climate.

    • Tryst V. Umbra

      It seems very possible- Alexandre is from Switzerland after all, and America is a place now where you could be barred in either direction potentially if you aren’t an american (or at least encounter grief and bullshit in either direction). His other work has been pretty great, so it could have just been picked up early too, though.

  • John Piccolo

    somebody give me a melon 🙂

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