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Janet Leigh

'78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene' review: The fine art of murder

'78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene' review: The fine art of murder

Like many of us (there’s psychological safety in numbers), I have a disturbingly long history with the shower scene from “Psycho” — first, in junior high, by way of the Alfred Hitchcock episode of the ’70s PBS series “The Men Who Made the Movies,” then by repeat 16 mm viewings of the 1960 film out at the local university extension campus. And who knows how many times since? The Bates Motel is eternally open for business. Twelve cabins, 12 vacancies.

Storyboarded by the great Saul Bass, edited by Hitchcock’s collaborator George Tomasini, the shower scene in “Psycho” remains the screen’s most brazen and imitated conflation of sex (or skin, at least) and violence. The scene was and...

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