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Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho / Edition 1
     

Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho / Edition 1

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by Stephen Rebello
 

ISBN-10: 0312207859

ISBN-13: 9780312207854

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Thirty years after its creation, Psycho remains the yardstick by which all other thrillers are measured. Stephen Rebello gives readers an intimate glance at the making of this incredible movie from beginning (the true life crime on which Psycho is based) to end (Hitchcock's obsessive instructions to darken theaters and close the curtains for 30 seconds

Overview

Thirty years after its creation, Psycho remains the yardstick by which all other thrillers are measured. Stephen Rebello gives readers an intimate glance at the making of this incredible movie from beginning (the true life crime on which Psycho is based) to end (Hitchcock's obsessive instructions to darken theaters and close the curtains for 30 seconds after the opening credits, in order to raise the suspense). 16 pages of photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312207854
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 The Awful Truth 11

The Atrocities of Ed Gein 11

2 The Novel 19

Yours Truly, Robert Bloch 19

3 The Director 29

The Trouble With Alfred 29

4 The Deal 41

Hitchcock Outmaneuvers 41

5 The Screenplays 49

Writing Is Rewriting 49

6 Preproduction 73

The Studio 73

The Technical Crew 76

Casting 82

Production Design 92

Wardrobe 97

Makeup 101

Hitchcock vs. Censors: Round One 103

7 Shooting 107

Production #9401, Hitchcock's "30-Day Picture" 107

A Set Divided 115

The Director Innovates 122

No Photographs, Please 125

Hitchcock Amuses Himself 128

Saul Bass and Screaming in The Shower 133

Arbogast Meets Mother 155

Endgame 163

8 Postproduction 169

Retakes, Quibbles, and Indecision 169

The Sound of Mother 171

The First Screenings 176

Sounds and Music 177

Tides 181

Hitchcock Braves Another Screening 185

Director vs. Censors, Round Two 188

9 Publicity 191

The Care and Handling of Psycho 191

10 The Release 205

The World Goes Psycho 205

Hitchcock and The Oscars: "Always a Bridesmaid?" 227

11 Afterglow and Aftermath 231

Psycho Cast and Credits 249

And After Psycho 251

Psycho On Home Video 261

Psycho Musical Score Recordings 261

The Films of Alfred Hitchcock 263

Silent 263

Sound 263

Television 265

A Note on Sources 267

Selected Bibliography 269

Acknowledgments 275

Index 277

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Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although "Psycho" is a great film, it is not my top Hitchcock film. That said, this book is one of the two or three finest books I've ever read about filmmaking. It is clever, well-written and incisive and,what a surprise, a great deal of fun. I couldn't put it down. I've read more stuffy, pretentious and even ludicrous books about Hitchcock, but I've never read one better than this. And now, I think I'll watch "Psycho" again on DVD with Rebello's book at my side. I learned things in this book that I'd never realized about the director, the cast, the film and about America when the film was released. Really fantastic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing more can be said about this outstanding movie except , thanks Mr. Rebello.I read the book and was fascinated by the little known facts.It was a work of much research and was greatly appreciated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything you've always wanted to know about Psycho but were afraid to ask is between the covers of this great, great book. The writing is so sharp and lively, it's like being there with Hitchcock and the filmmakers as they're creating a masterpiece. I've read a lot of books on Hitchcock and some of them are deadly dry, others are full of hot air and some are good, but very few can hold a candle to this one. It's really the last word on Psycho, anything else is just a rehash. I've heard Mr. Rebello speak on Hitchcock on TV and at a conference and he, like his book, was the high point of the whole thing. So far, I like all of his books very much but I selfishly hope he writes another book on Hitchcock and soon. Meanwhile, this is first-class book worthy of its subject and the work of Hitchcock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd hardly be the first to rank Mr. Rebello's book at the top of the tiny handful of great 'Making Of' tomes. I read the book in a single sitting because Rebello, unlike so many other Hitchcock scholars, has written with style, substance, vitality, assurance and scholarship. Utterly unpretentious yet compelling, the book provides a peerless glimpse into how a film actually gets made. The interviews with virtually every living Psycho participant are illuminating, especially those with screenwriter Joseph Stefano and Hilton Green. Hitchcock's quotes are completely priceless. I don't see how the book could have been improved on and I've given it as gifts again and again. A classic!