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78/52

Alexandre O. Philippe
USA 2017 / 91’
1996 Lucy and the Corpses in the Pool HAMSTERs

There is perhaps no other scene as seminal in the history of cinema as the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece Psycho. No matter how many times it has been cited, imitated, or parodied, when viewed in 2017, it still retains its power. 78/52 is a precise deconstruction of the scene right down to the smallest detail. The title refers to the number of camera settings and cuts involved in the three-minute scene. Hitchcock spent an entire week on it. Stories of the hectoliters of chocolate sauce that appeared as blood in the black-and-white film or about Marli Renfro as Janet Leigh's body double have become legendary. Director Alexander Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas, Doc of the Dead) is most interested in the impact the scene has had on the development of global pop culture, as it has left an impression on several generations of filmmakers and audiences, starting with Guillermo del Toro and Gus Van Sant, who, in 1998, recreated the entire scene in color, and ending with a younger generation of Psychofans like Elijah Wood.

Ewa Szabłowska

awards

Calgary Underground FF 2017 - Best Documentary Feature

Alexandre O. Philippe

Alexandre O. Philippe is a director, screenwriter, and producer. He is a huge, though critical, fan of Star Wars. He was born in Geneva, but works in the United States. He researches pop culture, of which he is a great fan. He has won numerous international awards for his films, and The People vs. George Lucas (American Film Festival 2011) is the most frequently viewed documentary on Netflix.

Filmography

2003 Chick Flick: The Miracle Mike Story (doc.)

2004 Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water (doc.)

2006 Left (short)

2008 The Spot (doc., short)

2009 Inside (short)

2010 Skandalista George Lucas / The People vs. George Lucas (doc.)

2014 Doc of the Dead (doc.)

2017 78/52 (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Alexandre O. Philippe
screenplay Alexandre O. Philippe
cinematography Robert Muratore
editing Jon Hegel
music Jon Hegel
cast Walter Murch, Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Osgood Perkins, Danny Elfman, Eli Roth, Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh Waller, Bret Easton Ellis, Gary Rydstrom, Shannon Mills, Illeana Douglas, Marli Renfro
producer Kerry Deignan Roy
production Dogwoofli Roth, Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh Waller, Bret Easton Ellis, Gary Rydstrom, Shannon Mills, Illeana Douglas, Marli Renfro
sales Dogwoof
language English
colouration b&w