The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder

The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder

by David Thomson
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The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder by David Thomson

It Killed off its star 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, and the movie industry-even America itself-would never be the same. In The Moment of Psycho, preeminent film critic David Thomson vividly positions Psycho in both American cultural history and Alfred Hitchcock's career, re-creating the mood and time when the seminal film erupted onto film screens worldwide. Thomson shows that Psycho was not just a sensational new film: it altered the very nature of our desires. Suddenly sex, violence, and horror took on new life. Psycho represented exactly what America wanted from a film-and, as Thomson brilliantly demonstrates, it still does.

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ISBN-13: 9780465020706
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 801,395
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author


English-American writer David Thomson is the author of many books on film, including “Have You Seen...?” A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films, which the New York Times called, “passionate, illuminating, rich, and eccentric”; and the massively influential Biographical Dictionary of Film called “the best book on the movies ever written in English” (The New Republic). He lives in San Francisco with his family.

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The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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GinaK More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the excellent close reading (or I guess it should be, close watching of this film), which I recently seen on TV without commercials. I didn't think the rest of the book was as strong.