The Moment of Psycho

The Moment of Psycho

How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder

Paperback - 2010
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In "The Moment of Psycho," film critic David Thomson situates "Psycho" in Alfred Hitchcock's career, recreating the mood and time when the seminal film erupted onto film screens worldwide. Thomson brilliantly demonstrates how Hitchcock's creation represented all America wanted from a film--and still does.
"It was made like a television film, shot with a tight budget and completed in less than three months. It killed its star off after forty minutes. There was no happy ending. And it offered the most violent scene to date in American film. Nothing like Psycho had existed before; the movie industry - even America itself-would never be the same. In The Moment of Psycho , David Thomson - one of America's most respected film critics - situates Psycho in Alfred Hitchcock's career and masterfully recreates the mood and time when the seminal film erupted onto screens. Thomson shows how in 1959, Hitchcock, then 60 years old, made Psycho as an attempt to break personally with the dullness of his own settled domesticity - a struggle which then mirrored the sexual, creative, and political ferment which would soon overtake the nation. Suddenly sex, violence and horror took on new life. Censorship fell away, and Janet Leigh screaming naked in the shower was its patron saint. Psycho, all of a sudden, represented all America wanted from a film - and, as The Moment of Psycho demonstrates, it still does"--Publisher's description.
Published: New York :, Basic Books,, 2010.
ISBN: 9780465020706
0465020704
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 THO
Characteristics: 183 pages :,illustration ;,22 cm

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Oct 18, 2010

An expanded essay, Thomson has some good comments to make but also seems a bit too admiring of his own brilliance.

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