Alexandre O. Phillipe’s documentary 78/52, the incredible breakdown of the show scene from Alfred Hitchcock's seminal thriller Psycho, is returning to Toronto. The doc will have a limited one week run at TIFF Bell Lightbox starting on October 13th. Yes, there could not be a more appropriate date than Friday the 13th.
After a killer festival run, including a Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs 2017, Alexandre O. Phillipe’s 78/52 is returning to Toronto for a week-long theatrical run at the Tiff Bell Lightbox starting October 13, 2017.
There may be no more iconic sequence in the history of cinema than the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece Psycho. In 78/52, Hitchcock historians, horror aficionados, filmmakers, critics and actors-from Peter Bogdanovich and Guillermo del Toro to Elijah Wood-gleefully pick apart this legendary movie moment, uncovering its enduring power and influence. A turning point for modern filmmaking, Psycho pushed the boundaries of what was possible in Hollywood storytelling. Discarding its star, Janet Leigh, at the end of the first act was a radical gesture that completely defied audience expectations. And the psychosexual subtext in Hitchcock's cinema was never more prominent and unapologetic. Psycho found the master of suspense at the peak of his powers and at his most rebellious and subversive. Nearly 60 years later, the shower scene remains his most talked about stroke of genius, the one for which he threw out the rule book altogether.
"It's a 90-minute film about a two-minute scene," Philippe states. "But I am absolutely convinced I can spend the rest of my life studying this particular scene and never get to the bottom of it."
Independent Canadian film distribution and marketing company Kinosmith is handling this theatrical release. No word if other Canadian cities will have the opportunity to screen the film, though we know it did play in Vancouver already during its festival run.