While there's not much that hardcore movie geeks don't know about this endlessly lauded, wildly influential film, here are 14 things that you might not have known about this horror classic. YouTube The Master of Suspense was well-known for showing up in each of his movies, and Psycho was no exception:
The three voices were used interchangeably, except for the last speech, which was performed by Gregg. Each had deceased, domineering mothers, had sealed off a room in their home as a shrine to her, and dressed in women's clothes. However, unlike Bates, Gein is not strictly considered a serial killerhaving been charged with murder only twice.
Peggy RobertsonHitchcock's long-time assistant, read Anthony Boucher 's positive review of the novel in his "Criminals at Large" column and decided to show the book to her employer, even though studio readers at Paramount Pictures had already rejected its premise for a film.
He disliked stars' salary demands and trusted only a few people to choose prospective material, including Robertson. Paramount executives rejected this cost-conscious approach, claiming their sound stages were booked even though the industry was in a slump.
Hitchcock countered he would personally finance the project and film it at Universal-International using his Shamley Productions crew if Paramount would merely distribute. This combined offer was accepted and Hitchcock went ahead in spite of naysaying from producer Herbert Coleman and Shamley Productions executive Joan Harrison.
Cavanagh, a writer on the Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series, penned the original screenplay. Stefano found the character of Norman Bates—who, in the book, is middle-aged, overweight, and more overtly unstable—unsympathetic, but became more intrigued when Hitchcock suggested casting Anthony Perkins.
Also gone is Bates' interest in spiritualismthe occult and pornography. Smith notes that, "Her story occupies only two of the novel's 17 chapters. Hitchcock and Stefano expanded this to nearly half the narrative".
For Stefano, the conversation between Marion and Norman in the hotel parlor in which she displays a maternal sympathy towards him makes it possible for the audience to switch their sympathies towards Norman Bates after Marion's murder.
Stefano wanted to give the audience "indications that something was quite wrong, but it could not be spelled out or overdone. Hitchcock preferred to focus the audience's attention on the solution to the mystery,  and Stefano thought such a relationship would make Sam Loomis seem cheap.
This provided some shock effect, since toilets were virtually never seen in American cinema in the s. Stefano thought this would make it easier to conceal the truth about "Mother" without tipping that something was being hidden.
Paramount was expecting No Bail for the Judge starring Audrey Hepburnwho became pregnant and had to bow out, leading Hitchcock to scrap the production. Their official stance was that the book was "too repulsive" and "impossible for films", and nothing but another of his star-studded mystery thrillers would suffice.
This provided an angle of view similar to human vision, which helped to further involve the audience. Green to Phoenix to scout locations and shoot the opening scene. The shot was supposed to be an aerial shot of Phoenix that slowly zoomed into the hotel window of a passionate Marion and Sam.
Ultimately, the helicopter footage proved too shaky and had to be spliced with footage from the studio. Footage of her driving into Bakersfield to trade her car is also shown. They also provided the location shots for the scene in which she is discovered sleeping in her car by the highway patrolman.
These included many real estate offices and homes such as those belonging to Marion and her sister. Leigh took the joke well, and she wondered whether it was done to keep her on edge and thus more in character or to judge which corpse would be scarier for the audience.
The final shot in the shower scene, which starts with an extreme close-up on Marion's eye and pulls up and out, proved very difficult for Leigh, since the water splashing in her face made her want to blink, and the cameraman had trouble as well since he had to manually focus while moving the camera.
Hitchcock forced retakes until all three elements were to his satisfaction. Green, working with storyboard artist Saul Bass' drawings only while Hitchcock was incapacitated with the common cold.
However, upon viewing the dailies of the shots, Hitchcock was forced to scrap them.
He claimed they were "no good" because they did not portray "an innocent person but a sinister man who was going up those stairs".HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville.
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alfred hitchcock filmography: So this review won't be a total waste of time, I am including a Blu-Ray Filmography of Hitchcock. Alfred Hitchcock directed 56 feature films (one is lost) over a 51 year period/5(K). Jun 30, · Psycho () was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Janet Leigh.
The screenplay is by Joseph Stefano. Running time: minutes.
In Psycho 5/5. Sep 08, · Watch video · He makes an interesting, compelling case for how director Alfred Hitchcock used his television series as a template for "Psycho." Certainly "Psycho" looks more like early s television than any of the more sumptuous fare Hitchcock had been bringing to screen at the time/10(K).
Alfred Hitchcock's immortal horror film Psycho is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year, so it only makes sense that we'd want to celebrate the freaky old flick.
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