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The Psycho File: A Comprehensive Guide to Hitchcock's Classic Shocker

The Psycho File: A Comprehensive Guide to Hitchcock's Classic Shocker

by Joseph W. Smith


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An examination of the groundbreaking 1960 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, including the story’s origins in real-life graverobber Ed Gein. The book presents material from the script and how it was adapted from Robert Bloch’s novel; details of the film's production, particularly the shower scene and other technical difficulties; actors and the challenges of their roles; extended literary analysis of the film covering such devices as irony, symbol, theme, motif and foil; and the film’s effect on audiences. Features 16 photographs, notes, bibliography and index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786444878
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/16/2009
Series: Performing Arts/Film
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 956,429
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph W. Smith III is a teacher, journalist and public speaker in Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Part 1. Before Committing Yourself: A Few Preliminaries

Introduction: We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes 2

1. He Stole Her Corpse: Gein and Bloch 7

2. Do You Mind If I Look at Your Book? Stefano and Hitchcock 13

3. The Nuts and Bolts: Hitchcock and His Crew 18

Part 2. Look at the Picture, Please: A Detailed Analysis of the Film

4. I Hate Having to Be with You in a Place Like This: Titles and Windows 24

5. Let’s All Talk About Marion, Shall We? Marion and Sam 29

6. She Sat There While I Dumped It Out: Caroline and Cassidy 34

7. Am I Acting As If There’s Something Wrong? Marion and Marion 41

8. Dirty Night: Marion and Norman 53

9. Blood! Blood! Marion and Mom 70

10. He Had to Erase the Crime: Norman and Us 91

11. If You Still Haven’t Come to Your Senses: Sam and Arbogast 96

12. People Just Come and Go: Arbogast and Norman 102

13. A Bad Day Coming: Sam and Lila 110

14. I Can Handle a Sick Old Woman: Lila and Mom 119

15. As If from a Deep Sleep: Richmond and Norman 130

16. Two Personalities: Psycho and Psycho 139

17. Want to Check the Picture Again? Psycho and Its Themes 144

18. The Whole Story: Psycho and Its Moral Implications 162

Part 3. And That Still Wasn’t Enough: Aftermath

19. They’ll See and They’ll Know: Psycho and Its Viewers 172

20. After the Murder, Norman Returned: Sequels and Spin-Offs 182

Appendix: Cast and Credits 201

Sources 203

Bibliography 205

Index 209

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The Psycho File: A Comprehensive Guide to Hitchcock's Classic Shocker 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Krazykress More than 1 year ago
While it would seem that a virtual frame-by-frame breakdown of the movie "Psycho" qualifies as a sophorific, Smith's book borders on being a page-turner, a sincere homage to the all-encompassing genius of Hitchcock. You'll never see "Psycho" in the same way again. Studious, amusing, thorough, pure platimum literature on the occasion of the movie's golden anniversary.