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For the Love of Film...

Welcome to my review website. I love movies, and here’s the place I talk about them. You’ll find my ratings, on a scale of zero to five stars, in all of my posts. For each film, I’ve written either a full critique, which is a longer piece; a compact review, which is usually just a paragraph; or a quick take, which is only a sentence or two. I also post articles about the world of cinema on my film blog.

In the Comments section on each page, feel free to share your own thoughts and feelings about the films discussed here.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Psycho

While much of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic psychological thriller may seem hackneyed now, it represented something fresh half a century ago, and it should be viewed in that context. Anthony Perkins breathes believable life into mama’s boy and creepy voyeur Norman Bates, and Janet Leigh gives a fine performance as the licentious and larcenous Marion Crane. The entire cast delivers, served expertly by both Joseph Stefano’s tight script and Mr. Hitchcock’s tense direction. Bernard Hermann’s intense score—now instantly recognizable—adds yet another perfect element to the mix.

**** (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


1960 • 109 MINUTES
PARAMOUNT PICTURES • SHAMLEY PRODUCTIONS

STARRING
• ANTHONY PERKINSVERA MILESJOHN GAVINJANET LEIGH

ALSO STARRING
• MARTIN BALSAMJOHN MCINTIRE

WRITTEN BY
• JOSEPH STEFANO (SCREENPLAY)
• ROBERT BLOCH (BASED ON THE NOVEL BY)

DIRECTED BY
• ALFRED HITCHCOCK

1960 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS (4)
• BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: JANET LEIGH (LOST TO SHIRLEY JONES FOR ELMER GANTRY)
• BEST DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK (LOST TO BILLY WILDER FOR BEST PICTURE THE APARTMENT)
• BEST B/W ART DIRECTION–SET DECORATION (LOST TO BEST PICTURE THE APARTMENT)
• BEST B/W CINEMATOGRAPHY (LOST TO SONS AND LOVERS)

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