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RE: What's your favorite Hitchcock film and why?....

Wow! No mention so far of PSYCHO!

The original thriller ... mind-bender ... and shocker.

The direction editing and cinematograhy exquisite.

The shower scene, famously constructed of something like 62 pieces of film ... 62 shots.

The score ... the strident, shrieking rhythmic violins ... the deep bass monotonal trombones, terrible in their finality, underlining and magnifying the shower scene death, as the camera withdraws in a dizzying corkscrew from the eye of the victim (a still shot!)

The cast!

It's hard to imagine today the incredible impact this film had ... how it demolished the notion that viewing film was sanitized and safe and civilized ... how it obliterated our conventional notions of normality and humanity and ushered in the modern era.

I recall there were lines around the block at its screenings, and exhortations by Hitchcock, in advertisements, not to give away the plot ... an exploration of unknown psychological territory.

No one who entered the theater left it as the same person.


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