78/52 GOES UN­DER THE KNIFE (AND THE SHOWER HEAD)

National Post (Latest Edition) - - POST MOVIES - Chris Knight, Na­tional Post

That odd ti­tle sounds like a math prob­lem — the an­swer be­ing 1.5 — but this film from Alexan­dre O. Philippe ( The Peo­ple vs. Ge­orge Lu­cas) is ac­tu­ally an ex­am­i­na­tion of the fa­mous shower scene from Al­fred Hitch­cock’s Psy­cho, ref­er­enc­ing the num­ber of set­ups and cuts the three- minute scene re­quired. The doc­u­men­tary fea­tures a panoply of fa­mous film­mak­ers and edi­tors — not to men­tion Marli Ren­fro, Janet Leigh’s body dou­ble — talk­ing up the iconic scene from just about ev­ery an­gle, lit­eral and so­ci­o­log­i­cal. We get an over­view of the pe­riod, men­tion of heart­felt homages in ev­ery­thing from The Simp­sons to Rag­ing Bull, and even the most in­formed Hitch­cock fan will learn some­thing. 78/52 opens Oct. 13 at the Light­box cin­ema in Toronto. ∂∂∂½

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