Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

78/52

 

Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 91 minutes

78/52
78/52
78/52

Cue Bernard Herrmann’s iconic shrieking chords, and everyone knows Janet Leigh is about to die in the shower. It is one of the most famous and studied sequences in all of cinema. 78/52 (signifying the sequence required 78 camera set-ups and 52 cuts) intensely examines both the cultural and cinematic importance of “Psycho’s” most terrifying and culturally ingrained scene. Gathering together a diverse and articulate panel of filmmakers and historians, the film delves deeply into the crafting of the shower scene. Beginning with the possibly subversive motives of director Alfred Hitchcock, the panel gleefully proceeds to dissect, frame-by-frame, every nuance of its construction. With a collection of supporting clips from pre- and post-“Psycho” films, this marvelous documentary shows what led to this seismic moment in film and its effects to this day. Prepare to be fascinated, challenged, and terrified all over again as we join the experts in trying to unravel how Hitchcock managed to do it and, equally as important, why. —C.R.

CIFF41 Screenings

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

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Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Director
Alexandre O. Philippe

Alexandre O. Philippe was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Filmography
"Chick Flick: The Miracle Mike Story" (2003), "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water" (2004), "The People vs George Lucas" (2010), "The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus" (2012), "Doc of the Dead" (2014), 78/52 (2017)

Screenwriting
Alexandre O. Philippe

Cinematography
Robert Muratore

Editing
Chad Herschberger

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