Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Jun 16, 2010 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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Now a major motion picture! The gripping behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker—and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking.
First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it, which has been adapted as a movie starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville, and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh. Stephen Rebello brings to life the creation of one of Hollywood’s most iconic films, from the story of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to Hitchcock’s groundbreaking achievements in cinematography, sound, editing, and promotion. Packed with captivating insights from the film’s stars, writers, and crewmembers, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is a riveting and definitive history of a signature Hitchcock cinematic masterpiece.


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Review: Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

User Review  - Ea Solinas - Goodreads

The screaming blonde in the shower, the creepy hotel, the guy who keeps his mummified mom in the old family home... everybody knows about "Psycho," if only by cultural osmosis. But probably not as ... Read full review

Review: Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

User Review  - Andy - Goodreads

Good, but I wish it had delved a bit deeper. Some important writers and commentators cite the film as responsible for closing the door on film noir, but this wasn't addressed at all. Still enjoyable and informative. Read full review


Chapter2The Novel
The Director
The Deal
Chapter 6 Preproduction
Postproduction Retakes Quibbles and Indecision
Publicity The Careand Handling of Psycho
The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (2010)

Stephen Rebello is a screenwriter, journalist, and the author of such books as Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen, which was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1999. Based in Los Angeles, he has contributed feature stories to such magazines as CosmopolitanGQMore, and The Advocate, and currently serves as a Playboy contributing editor. Stephen Rebello adapted for the screen Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho as the basis of Hitchcock, the Fox Searchlight dramatic feature motion picture starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, James D’Arcy, Danny Huston, Ralph Macchio, and Michael Wincott.

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