Psycho (1960)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1960.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous film ever, and the reason why millions of people all over the world still buy see-through shower curtains.  Janet Leigh plays the epitome of Hitchcock’s mysterious blondes, a Texas office girl who one day runs away with a lot of the boss’s money in order to be with her financially struggling lover (). On the road to meet up with her man, Leigh stops for the night at the Bates Motel, run by the creepy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), and [spoiler alert], meets a rather tragic end. The story’s brilliance is in subverting audience expectations, getting rid of a main character so early in the story and thereby leaving the crowds wondering what the hell else could possibly happen. Perkins gives the performance that highlighted his entire career, a psychologically disturbed villain who still manages to get right under your skin after all these years. Bernard Herrmann’s strings-only score is unforgettable, and the supporting cast includes Martin Balsam, and Hitchcock’s daughter .

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actress (Janet Leigh); Best Director (Alfred Hitchcock); Best Cinematography-BW; Best Art Direction-BW

Golden Globe Award:  Best Supporting Actress (Janet Leigh)

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