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Screenings: 78/52 – Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017)

November 1st, 2017 · No Comments


You think you must know everything there is to know about a film that you’ve seen about a dozen times, and then a doc like this comes along and opens your eyes. Hitchcock was indeed a genius craftsman, down to every little detail (the “Susanna and the Elders” painting revelation was a stunner…is there any director today interested in such minute detail?).


Re-watch before the on-demand purchase expires. The intercut interviews with film technicians (directors, composers, cinematographers, editors) and, especially, excited socio-cultural academic Marco Calavita, makes this a hyper-specific film class session.

Some of the many cultural touchstones mentioned:
– Ned Stark’s demise in Game of Thrones
– the juvenile delinquent scare of the 1950s
– Catholicism, guilt, and the concept of original sin
– voyeurism
– floral wallpaper
– giallo
– casaba melons
– Val Lewton
– Michael Powell’s PEEPING TOM
– Hershey’s chocolate syrup
-John Williams’ score for JAWS
– Looney Tunes


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