This week, at the Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective, the Hyderabad Film Club brings to you, not just a director and his movies, but an institution. A name that is used as an adjective to describe the genre he spawned. A movie-maker who had a kind of effect that made him hated, overloved, oversimplified and overanalyzed, all at the same time. But one who undeniably left you jumping at shadows.
Psycho, the best known of his movies, is vintage Hitchcock, what with the series of blondes, the psychologically disturbed criminal and the bathroom shower scene. There have been a handful of remakes ever since, but who could ever beat Anthony Perkins as the jittery, fitfully effusive Norman Bates.
The story is about Marion Crane, a Phoenix office-worker who is on the run from the law with a stolen money. She gets caught in a storm and stops for the night at The Bates Motel. Norman, the quiet young man who owns it, is a much repressed, depressed, or shall we just say, screwed personality, who lives fighting his mother's oppressive domination that has left an indelible on him. What happens next is stuff of thriller movie legends, so catch it if you have membership of HFC. Or get it.
Photography: John L Russel
Music: Bernard Hermann
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam
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