A Night at the Movies: Psycho (1960)

Presented by Theo Siegel, writer, researcher, and television professional who has worked for E! Entertainment, CBS, and the History Channel
Get spooked on Thursdays in October when A Night at the Movies presents classic Halloween thrillers in our state-of-the-art Norma Kershaw Auditorium. A Night at the Movies presents classic films from the 1930s to the 1970s, with engaging discussions led by film expert Theo Siegel. Get a glimpse behind-the-scenes and learn why some films broke the box office while others brought in frighteningly low numbers.

Psycho (1960, 109 min): This 1960 film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the novel by Robert Bloch, set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films. The film was shot in black and white, on a low budget and by a television crew. The movie made waves with the shocking death of its leading star, Janet Leigh, after only 47 minutes into the film. The murder of Leigh’s character is the movie’s pivotal scene and one of the best known in all of cinema. Seventy-seven different camera angles were used and the finished scene runs three minutes and includes fifty cuts. The soundtrack for the scene of screeching violins, violas and cellos was composed by Bernard Herrmann. Hitchcock originally intended the scene to be scoreless but Herrmann convinced him to try his composition. The original Bates Motel and house set buildings are still standing at Universal Studios and are now part of the Universal Studios Tour attraction. Learn about these interesting facts and many more from "the movie guy" as we talk about Psycho with Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles and then show the movie.
Doors open at 6 PM; film discussion at 6:30 PM; screening at 7 PM

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October 17, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm