The documentary’s title refers to the number of setups (78) and the number of cuts (52) in the notorious shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror masterpiece.
Rather than focusing on the film as a whole, Alexandre Philippe’s documentary 78/52 shines the spotlight on just one Psycho scene in particular. The stabbing death of a showering Marion Crane is one of the most iconic in the history of cinema, and the doc dives deep into its creation.
“The documentary explores the scene from multiple angles, focusing on its complicated technical aspects and its huge impact on the culture and the future of movies.”
Out of EW today comes a new trailer and the announcement that IFC Midnight will release 78/52 in theaters, VOD, and on all digital platforms on October 13.
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.