BASTILLE: A FILM ODYSSEY

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THE OBLIG­A­TORY HITCH­COCK FILM PSY­CHO

Al­fred Hitch­cock, 1960

“It starts as this petty crime love story drama about a wo­man who’s hav­ing an affair and takes off to a mo­tel with a load of money, then half an hour into the film, the star is bru­tally mur­dered in the shower – and that was a big shock at the time. It’s creepy, it’s un­set­tling, it’s much par­o­died. The most fa­mous bit of all is the shower scene – the score, the im­age of the knife be­ing waved around, the shower cur­tain be­ing pulled, the blood go­ing down the plug hole. It’s so clever – you don’t see any nu­dity or ac­tual vi­o­lence, it’s all im­plied.”

Did you know: “We sam­pled bits of di­a­logue from Psy­cho in a cover of

‘No Scrubs’ that we put on one of our ‘Other Peo­ple’s Heartache’ mix­tapes, on the ba­sis that the killer Nor­man Bates lives with his mum and is a scrub.”

Num­ber of times I’ve seen it: “10.”

GAR­DEN FIONA

PHO­TOS BY

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