Psycho Shower Scene Doc 78/52 Pulled from SXSW


Though no particular reason has been given, the Alexandre O. Philippe-directed documentary revolving around Psycho‘s most infamous scene has been pulled from the upcoming SXSW 2017 film festival. The film was acquired by IFC Midnight out of Sundance. Sometimes a film’s acquisition could affect its festival run, so no alarm bells should be going off here.

78/52 deconstructs the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and features interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, Walter Murch, Peter Bogdanovich, and more, including Janet Leigh’s daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Anthony Perkins’ son, Osgood Perkins. Philippe wrote the script, which breaks down the scene that became a template for how to terrorize a movie audience with a combination of imagery and suggestion.

Wonder where the title came from? It refers to the number of setups (78) and cuts (52) in the scene, which took one quarter of Psycho’s four-week shooting schedule.

The film is an Exhibit A Pictures production, produced by Kerry Deignan Roy and co-produced by Oliver Schwehm of ARTE G.E.I.E., Chad Herschberger of Milkhaus, Annick Mahnert of Screen Division, and Robert Muratore of EXA. Felix Gill of Sensorshot Productions, Joey Porcelli, and Randy Pharo served as executive producers.

“It’s a great honor to be partnering with IFC Films and working closely with them to bring 78/52 to horror and documentary fans across the U.S,” said Philippe. “Their love of smart genre cinema shines through in everything they do, and 78/52 will undoubtedly flourish with their savvy, forward-thinking support. Our team is very excited about this partnership.”

IFC co-presidents Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz called the doc “a thrilling piece of work about one of the greatest films ever made. Alexandre Philippe has made a film that captures why all of us have become obsessed not only with Psycho but cinema itself. We are excited to work with the entire team to get this film out to the world.”

Expect release info soon!

Psycho Shower Scene



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