Nov 26 - Dec 02, 2010

(Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1960, 35mm, 109 min)

New 35mm Print!
50th Anniversary!

As our Required Viewing class on Hitchcock comes towards a close, we bring you this special Thanksgiving treat! 

In 1960 Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he unleashed on unsuspecting moviegoers and forever changed the face of cinematic horror. From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple enjoys a lunchtime tryst in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960, a moment made even more scandalous by the titillating appearance of a matching black bra and slip), announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before.

Hitchcock's legendary, blackly comic shocker vaulted its title into the non-Freudian mainstream and forever turned comfy shower stalls into places of terror—a feat greatly aided by Bernard Herrmann infamously shrieking all-strings score and a slashing opening credits sequence designed by Saul Bass. Endlessly parodied, imitated and analyzed, Psycho still retains its terrifying power fifty years after it first stunned the world.

"Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece blends a brutal manipulation of audience identification and an incredibly dense, allusive visual style to create the most morally unsettling film ever made." —Chicago Reader




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