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78/52 15 rating

This superb, in-depth documentary devotes 90 minutes to analysing one of cinema’s most famous sequences – the shower scene in Psycho.

Documentary 2017 92 mins

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe


This in-depth documentary will be a delight for die-hard Hitchcock fans and filmmakers. No other scene in the history of cinema has had a more seismic effect than ‘the shower scene’ in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. 78/52 (the title refers to the number of set-ups and shots in the scene) devotes 90 minutes to analysing, breaking down and interpreting this influential three-minute scene.

A fascinating companion piece to Kent Jones’ recent Hitchcock-Truffaut, 78/52 delves deep into understanding the craft and impact of this scene that so influenced cinema.