Hitchcock : Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-15
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press

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Here is the complete inside story on the making of psycho, the forerunner of all psychothrillers. Rebello takes us behind the scenes at the creation of one of cinema’s boldest and most influential films. From Hitchcock’s private files and from new in-depth interviews with the stars, writers, and technical crew we get a unique and unparalleled view of the master at work. Rebello’s carefully researched book tells us everything we could ever want to know about the making of psycho. Starting from the gruesome crimes that inspired the novel on which the film is based, he takes us through the novel’s adaptation into a screenplay and the film’s preproduction, shooting, postproduction, and ultimate reception. Rebello’s technique is as painstaking and thorough as Hitchcock’s—he includes an incredible amount of detail and in doing so reveals what mattered the most to Hitchcock in the process of making his movies.

Author Biography

Stephen Rebello is the author of Reel Art—Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. A contributing editor of L.A. Style, his articles on films and their makers have appeared in Premiere, Gentleman's Quarterly, Movieline, Playboy, Interview, Cinefantastique, and many other publications. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
The Awful Truthp. 11
The Atrocities of Ed Geinp. 11
The Novelp. 19
Yours Truly, Robert Blochp. 19
The Directorp. 29
The Trouble With Alfredp. 29
The Dealp. 41
Hitchcock Outmaneuversp. 41
The Screenplaysp. 49
Writing Is Rewritingp. 49
Preproductionp. 73
The Studiop. 73
The Technical Crewp. 76
Castingp. 82
Production Designp. 92
Wardrobep. 97
Makeupp. 101
Hitchcock vs. Censors: Round Onep. 103
Shootingp. 107
Production #9401, Hitchcock's "30-Day Picture"p. 107
A Set Dividedp. 115
The Director Innovatesp. 122
No Photographs, Pleasep. 125
Hitchcock Amuses Himselfp. 128
Saul Bass and Screaming in The Showerp. 133
Arbogast Meets Motherp. 155
Endgamep. 163
Postproductionp. 169
Retakes, Quibbles, and Indecisionp. 169
The Sound of Motherp. 171
The First Screeningsp. 176
Sounds and Musicp. 177
Tidesp. 181
Hitchcock Braves Another Screeningp. 185
Director vs. Censors, Round Twop. 188
Publicityp. 191
The Care and Handling of Psychop. 191
The Releasep. 205
The World Goes Psychop. 205
Hitchcock and The Oscars: "Always a Bridesmaid?"p. 227
Afterglow and Aftermathp. 231
Psycho Cast and Creditsp. 249
And After Psychop. 251
Psycho On Home Videop. 261
Psycho Musical Score Recordingsp. 261
The Films of Alfred Hitchcockp. 263
Silentp. 263
Soundp. 263
Televisionp. 265
A Note on Sourcesp. 267
Selected Bibliographyp. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
Indexp. 277
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