Let’s be honest. I don’t really need to tell you that Psycho is an incredible film, but I’m gonna. From the schizophrenic opening titles by Saul Bass, to the screechy violin score by Bernard Herrmann, to the final devilish grin we get from a disturbed Norman Bates, it’s flawless. I saw it at the Film Forum last week and it stands up! Overall the movie was more subtle than I remember, yet the pivotal shower scene was chilling to see on the big screen. Yes it lacks the gore we’ve become accustomed to, but it’s brutal; and that music is goosebumps inducing (!!!).
Janet Leigh stars as the larcenous secretary Marion Crane: a woman who sees an opportunity in $40,000 and her newly divorced lover. In her escape she happens upon a desolate hotel owned by a peculiar loner named Norman Bates and what unfolds is a strange tale that only Hitchcock could direct with this much style and restraint. Is it weird that I found myself attracted to Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates? I mean if you look past the killing, multiple personalities and Oedipus complex, he’s just a sheltered guy with a lack of social skills. Hey, technically he’s even a small business owner! Okay, maybe that’s one too many deal breakers… But I digress. Psycho is one of Hitchcock’s finest films and a classic that everyone should see (in a theater of you can!) because shot for shot it is perfection.
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