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Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho Paperback – January 15, 2013
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It's even more reliable than Francois Truffaut's magisterial interview book Hitchcock, because Rebello interviewed the fat master himself, plus many Psycho insiders less cagey and truth-dodging than he.
At last, thanks to Rebello, we know all about the celebrated shower murder scene and all that swirls around it. Like Ernst Lubitsch, who conveyed the thrill of adultery by having the lovers open a door and cast their shadows on a bed, Hitchcock knew that, in film, artful discretion can be the most shocking effect of all. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Psycho" is one of Hitchcock's most famous films and this book is a fascinating account of how the film was made and some of the problems that had to be overcome before the film could be completed. Author Stephen Rebello has done an excellent job and describes in detail how Hitchcock chose his screenwriter, his crew and the actors. It is interesting to discover how little some of these people were paid for what turned out to be a classic money making Hitchcock film.
"A man should have a hobby" - Marion Crane (Janet Leigh).
Following the enormous success of his latest film "North by Northwest" Hitchcock was looking for something different - but interesting. When the "Psycho" book by Robert Bloch came to his attention he realised that this could be just what he wanted but he was unsure how the censors would react to the gruesome storyline. He decided to purchase the screen rights to the book and very cleverly did so for a bargain price. The authors agents had no idea who was after the rights to the book and thought they had a good deal when $9,000 was agreed upon. However, after Robert Bloch had paid commission to the publishers, his agents fees and the tax he was left with approx $5,000. It was at this point that he discovered the buyer was a certain Mr Alfred Hitchcock!! Joseph Stefano was hired to write the screenplay after many others had been under consideration. Hitchcock's main concern was to keep the plot twists under wraps during filming and did not release any advance information about the film to the Press. He also had an unusual advertising campaign insisting that no-one was admitted to the theatre once the film had started.Read more ›
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Hitchcock's Psycho is one of my all time favorite films. Rebello's book is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the making of the film. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Roscoe's Masked Avenger
Very good inside look at the filming of one of Hitchcock's greatest films. It was well written. Although I must say that there are also some discrepancies in the story of what... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Donald J. Wurzelbacher
Great book of all the behind the scenes stuff you never get to hear aboutPublished 15 months ago by Jerry Garcia
Now that too many of Alfred Hitchcock 's collaborators on "Psycho" have died, this book is essential in capturing an era and the effort that went into creating a masterpiece.Published 15 months ago by Captain Bill
Pretty straightforward. Focuses exclusively on the making of the film, as opposed to the movie Hitchcock (based on this book) which also touches upon his relationship with his... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alfredo Hurtado
Fun movie. I didn't like some parts. They were slow.. Anthony Hopkins played Hitchcock with great flair.Published 17 months ago by Emanuel Kandilakis
If you like Hitchcock and you like to watch bonus features on dvd's, then this book is for you. Dive in and have fun.Published 20 months ago by Philosophy of Chess and Golden Age Mysteries.