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Psycho’s shower scene is one of the most iconic scenes ever filmed. But does just one 45 second scene warrant an entire documentary?

Seventy-eight. Fifty-two. Just numbers, sure, but also the precise alchemical formula for creating the most iconic scene in cinematic history. In around 45 seconds, the legendary auteur Alfred Hitchcock used seventy-eight setups and fifty-two cuts to craft Psycho’s shower scene, an unforgettable sequence that transcended the confines of the screen into immortality. Not only are film students destined to pore over it for generations to come, trying to unlock its many secrets, but it has also shaped key areas of our shared cultural consciousness. How? As well as restyling the depiction of violence on screen for future filmmakers to come, the shower scene reimagined the representation of violence onscreen towards women, with Karyn Kusama, director of several thrillers herself, calling it the "first modern expression of the
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78/52 Trailer Examines Psycho's Most Infamous Scene

IFC have released a trailer for the intriguing new Alfred Hitchcock doc, 78/52, which takes a forensic look at Psycho's most infamous scene and how it changed the course of modern filmmaking. The doc is directed by Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas) and features a roster of filmmakers, critics and fans including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth and Peter Bogdanovich. About the film: 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 movie going experience. Aided by - director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making...

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Trailer for '78/52' Doc About the Shower Scene in Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

"Psycho you felt could happen to you..." IFC Midnight has unveiled the first official trailer for a very unique filmmaking documentary titled 78/52, analyzing and examining the seminal shower scene from Hitchcock's Psycho. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played at numerous other fests all year, finally opening in theaters this October. From The People vs. George Lucas director Alexandre O. Phillippe, 78/52 is an "unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the 'man behind the curtain', and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema." This had good buzz coming out of Sundance, even though the first comparisons that came up referenced the Kubrick doc Room 237 (which some people hate). I dig the poster art for this as well (see below), and the film looks like it's a fascinating breakdown of one of the most iconic moments in cinema history.
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New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform during the month of April. Leading the pack is the new original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name and starring Elisabeth Moss. The series premieres April 26.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

Also available to stream next month are a handful of modern classics, such as “Robocop,” “Days of Thunder,” “Thelma & Louise,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Election,” “JFK,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” as well as indie favorites like “Short Term 12,” “The Babadook,” “In a World,” and “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in April below.

April 1

1408 (2007) (*Showtime)

A Horse Tale (2015)

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Affliction (1998)

Almost Famous (2000)

America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)

Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime
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Sundance: The 10 Very Best Films from the 2017 Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is officially over and the awards have already been handed out, both the official ones and our own Unconventional Awards, and out of the roughly thirty films I saw during my time in Park City, Utah, I’ve put together a list of the ten very best movies I had a chance to see. Many of them will be coming to theaters across the country later in the year, and a few of them may even be in the Oscar conversation a year from now.

10. The Big Sick

Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani made his triumphant debut as a leading man with this movie produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris) and co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon. Based on their own experiences in courting and how Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) being put into a medically-induced coma affected it,
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‘Psycho,’ Analyzed: Hitchcock’s Famous Shower Scene Gets Scrutinized In the Perceptive ’78/52′ — Sundance Review

‘Psycho,’ Analyzed: Hitchcock’s Famous Shower Scene Gets Scrutinized In the Perceptive ’78/52′ — Sundance Review
The shower murder in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” sits alongside the opening of “Citizen Kane” and the climax of “2001: A Space Odyssey” as one of the most famous movie scenes in history, but the reasons are both obvious and elusive. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 proto-slasher film jarred audiences with the sudden death of leading lady Janet Leigh midway through, in a grisly, taboo-shattering bout of nudity and knifing at the ends of a shadowy, cross-dressing Norman Bates. As a complex narrative strategy and a subversive stunt, it kickstarted decades of conversations, so it’s surprising it took so long for someone to make a movie about it.

Enter “78/52,” the latest film-history deep-dive from Alexandre O. Phillipe (“Doc of the Dead,” “The People vs. George Lucas”). A compendium of appreciations, close readings, and reminiscences on the bloody death scene and its lasting impact, Phillipe’s brisk cinematic essay consolidates the enthusiasm
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Sundance 2017 Interview: Director Alexandre O. Philippe Discusses Exploring One of Cinema’s Most Iconic Scenes Ever for 78/52

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Documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe has tackled a variety of topics over his career, including zombies (Doc of the Dead) and the fickleness of Star Wars fans (The People vs. George Lucas), but it’s his latest project, 78/52, which thoughtfully examines the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, that might be his most ambitious project to date. The documentary took Philippe three years to complete, and features a cavalcade of fantastic interviews with numerous notable folks, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Bogdanovich, Bret Easton Ellis, Danny Elfman, Mick Garris, Karyn Kusama, Oz Perkins, Richard Stanley, Elijah Wood, and many more.

Daily Dead caught up with Philippe on the eve of 78/52’s premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to discuss the long road to getting the project made, his approach to making sure 78/52 would be accessible to everyone (even those who may not be Psycho fans), some of
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Anna Higgs named creative director of Nowness

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Exclusive: Former Film4 commissioner joins video platform that is a partnership between Lvmh and Dazed.

Anna Higgs has been appointed creative director of global video platform Nowness.

Higgs, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow and graduate of the Nfts, worked at Film4 from 2011 to 2015, most recently as commissioning editor and head of digital. While there, she worked on projects including A Field In England, 20,000 Days On Earth and The Spirit of ’45.

Before joining Film4, Higgs co-founded production company Quark, with credits including The People Vs. George Lucas and First Person Shooter.

Nowness was launched in 2010 by luxury brand Lvmh in partnership with Dazed Media. The channel specialises in showcasing established and emerging filmmakers and offers daily short film premieres (both curated and commissioned) covering the fields of art, design, fashion, beauty, music, food and travel.

Higgs’ first public engagement in her new role at Nowness is speaking later today [Thur 4] at the Nostradamus panel at Goteborg’s Nordic
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Film4 FrightFest 2014 Review – Doc of the Dead (2014)

Doc of the Dead, 2014

Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe

Synopsis:

The definitive zombie culture documentary, brought to the screen by the makers of The People vs. George Lucas.

Walk into your local HMV on new releases day and what do you see? A new batch of zombie movies with a variety of different titles, scenarios and takes on the genre. Like the movies themselves, zombie films have become a pandemic and there seems to be no slowing down (no pun intended) on this dead rising from the graves and taking over horror filmmaking. Doc of the Dead takes a look into the genre’s humble beginnings and how it has become a beloved part of the horror community and at times it’s an interesting look at the history, but it also a touch tedious.

Doc of the Dead features some great interviews from those who really know the zombie
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Frightfest 2014: ‘Doc of the Dead’ Review

Featuring: Charlie Adlard, Joanna Angel, Steven Barton, Bruce Campbell, Simon Pegg, George A. Romero, Robert Kirkman, Sid Haig, Tom Savini, Max Brooks | Written by Alexandre O. Philippe, Chad Herschberger | Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe

Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas) brings us another documentary, but this time turning his focus on the rotting stinking zombie and its place in the world of motion pictures with, Doc of the Dead.

Everyone knows what a zombie is, you can’t turn on a television without seeing a flesh munching ghoul these days. The whole genre has gone mainstream, with the likes of The Walking Dead taking television by storm, World War Z enticing audiences in cinemas, Dead Island, Left 4 Dead and Dead Rising making millions for the video game industry, and novels galore featuring the brain craving buggers that we know and love. It’s a big money deal now,
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The People vs. George Lucas II Wants You To Vent About Episode VII

In 2010, filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe released The People vs. George Lucas, a documentary where, through the lens of fan and critical reaction, the artistic legacy of Lucas and his Star Wars series is "put on trial" so to speak. Its purpose, as the film's official website spells it out, is to determine "who truly owns that galaxy far, far away . the man who created it, or the fans who worship it?" Apparently, the case hasn't been settled in Philippe's eyes, as he's preparing to go back into battle with The People vs. George Lucas II. The film's official site promises to look at the series after the acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, as well as George Lucas' relationship with his fans and pop culture at large. Or at least, it's planning to speculate heavily on what Star Wars: Episode VII will mean for the franchise before
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'Star Wars' Documentary 'The People Vs. George Lucas - Episode II' Begins Production

'Star Wars' Documentary 'The People Vs. George Lucas - Episode II' Begins Production
Four years after Alexandre O. Philippe's documentary The People Vs. George Lucas, the sequel The People vs George Lucas - Episode II has started production, with a brand new poster debuting through the official website PVG2.com. Fans can also visit the site to find out how to contribute their own material for use in the documentary follow-up, which is slated for release in December 2015, just in time for Star Wars: Episode VII on December 18, 2015. Take a look at the poster, which features an artistic depiction of George Lucas with the shadow of Mickey Mouse looming over him, then take a look at the official press release for more details.

We are proud to announce The People vs George Lucas - Episode II is now officially in production, and slated for a December 2015 worldwide release.

In keeping with the tradition of our enormously popular original film, this participatory documentary
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The People Vs. George Lucas II — Star Wars Doc in Production

Now that George Lucas has sold the rights to Lucasfilm and his Star Wars franchise to Disney, director Alexandre O. Philippe is making a sequel to his 2010 documentary The People Vs. George Lucas. The first film examined the relationship between fans and the legendary Star Wars creator after the the prequels were released and the majority of his fans were pissed off. The sequel basically asks the question, "What does the future of Star Wars look like without George Lucas?"

The producers of the project just announced the production of The People vs. George Lucas Episode II, released a poster, and set the release date for December 2015. That's the same month and year that Star Wars Episode VII comes out. Here's the official announcement with the synopsis:

We are proud to announce The People vs George Lucas – Episode II is now officially in production, and slated for a December 2015 worldwide release.
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The People vs. George Lucas: Episode II To Hit In 2015

If you were already feeling over-saturated by all the Star Wars: Episode VII talk, then brace yourselves: it’s about to get even uglier. Not only are we going to get the next installment in the Star Wars franchise in December 2015, but we’re also going to get a rebuttal in the form of The People vs. George Lucas: Episode II that same month.

For those non-geeks among us: The People vs. George Lucas was a 2010 documentary directed by Alexandre O. Philippe that focused on fan annoyance and disenchantment with the Star Wars franchise following the release of the prequel trilogy. The film covered the lead up to the release of The Phantom Menace, and the anger that I’m sure still festers in the hearts and minds of fans who remember that disappointing occurrence. With the build-up to Star Wars: Episode VII starting more than a year before the film’s actual release,
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'The People vs. George Lucas: Episode II' Documentary on the Way

If you're a hardcore Star Wars fan, there's a good chance you have already discovered the indie documentary The People vs. George Lucas from 2010. The film from director Alexandre O. Philippe looked at the disenchantment that fans of Star Wars and Indiana Jones came to feel following the mostly disappointing prequels to the classic original trilogy. Speaking with various fans and celebrities, the film talks about the anticipation leading up to The Phantom Menace, and the disappointing that eventually followed. And with Star Wars: Episode VII in production, that means it's time for the documentary sequel. The People vs. George Lucas: Episode II is on the way, as announced by the film's website PvG2.com: The documentary is currently timed to be released in December of 2015, the same month that Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters. The press release reveals what the focus of this follow-up will be: There
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Star Wars Documentary ‘The People vs. George Lucas Episode II’ Now In Production

Star Wars Documentary ‘The People vs. George Lucas Episode II’ Now In Production
By now, Star Wars fans have had plenty of chances to see the 2010 documentary The People vs. George Lucas. Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, the doc examined the relationship – or lack thereof – between fans and Star Wars creator George Lucas. Filming a few years after the disappointment of the Star Wars prequels, Philippe […]

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Full Schedule Unveiled for The Stanley Film Festival

Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!

From the Press Release

The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).

The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado
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Doc of the Dead Selected as The Stanley Film Festival’s Opening Film

The Stanley Film Festival has announced that Alexandre O. Philippe’s Doc of the Dead has been selected as the opening film for their upcoming event and they’ve also revealed a number of special events that will be taking place, including a special edition of Tales From Beyond The Palen and Dead Right Horror Trivia:

“The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe (The People Vs. George Lucas), the film explores the evolution of the zombie genre in film, television, and literature as well as its impact and influence on pop culture. The film features footage taken at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival’s “George Romero’s Zombie Town Hall Meeting.”

“We are thrilled to open this year’s Festival with a locally-produced film. The Denver Film
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First Films and Events Unveiled for The Stanley Film Festival

The amazing crew behind the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has selected Doc of the Dead as its opening night film. Read on for details and more!

From the Press Release

The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).

The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado filmmaker
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