In 78 setups and 52 cuts, the deliriously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in 'Psycho' ripped apart cinema’s definition of horror.
With black-and-white film-geek reverence, director Alexandre O. Philippe breaks down this most notorious and essential scene shot for shot, enlisting the help of film buffs and filmmakers alike—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich.
'78/52' examines Janet Leigh’s terrified facial expressions and the blink-and-you-miss-it camera work, not just within the context of the film but also with an eye toward America’s changing social mores—revealing how one bloody, chaotic on-screen death killed off chaste cinema and eerily predicted a decade of unprecedented violence and upheaval.
★★★★ "An engaging and insightful companion piece to a truly influential piece of cinema" - Nikki Baughan, The List
★★★★ "Fascinating" - Dan Jolin, Empire
★★★★ "A documentary with wit" - Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
★★★★ "Deftly directed by Alexandre O Philippe" - Kevin Maher, The Times