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Sonoma Film Institute
Alexandre Philippe's Documentary
on Alfred Hitchcock films 

Feb 6, 2018


The North Bay premiere of a new documentary on the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s, Psycho78/52, will be presented this week by the Sonoma Film Institute.

78/52 will be shown Friday, March 9 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 11 at 4:30. The filmmaker, Alexandre Philippe will be present at the Friday screening to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening. 

All screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. Suggested ticket donation is $5.00. There is a $5.00 parking fee on all Sonoma State University lots. 

The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience. 

Alexandre Philiippe’s documentary, 78/52 pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game-changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings, aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics, and fans—including  Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Peter Bogdanovich.

For more information, or to receive a complete schedule of SFI events, visit or call (707)664-2606.


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