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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714530034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714530031
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 911,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meticulouly researched and irresistible...required reading not only for Psycho-files, but for anyone interested in the backstage world of movie creation. --Anthony Perkins

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Stephen Rebello is an American screenwriter, best-selling author and journalist. A Playboy Contributing Editor, his feature articles have also appeared in GQ, More, Los Angeles and Vibe. His books include the award-winning Reel Art - Great Posters From the Golden Age of the Silver Screen, Bad Movies We Love and Disney/Hyperion 'Art of' books for the animated feature films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules. He has written screenplays for independent companies, the Walt Disney Company and is screenwriter of Hitchcock, the Fox Searchlight feature motion starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren and based upon his book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Frank Herbert on 17 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
An interesting glance into the pre and post production, not to mention the
production itself, of that greatest of horror class acts - PSYCHO.

With so much detail to gloss over, and the writing style, it doesn't make
for an easy read, but if you're a PSYCHO fan, like myself, it was obligatory
to read it.

Having seen the film, and the significant part played by Helen Mirren as
Hitchcock's wife, it came as a rather rude surprise that Hitchcock's wife is
hardly mentioned at all in the book.

Strangely though, due to the cinema craftmanship of Hitchcock, even reading
about the production of Psycho brought a slight chill up my back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R.Andrews on 27 Feb. 2013
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Rebello presents us with a thorough account of the making of Hitchcock's Psycho through in depth interviews with it's key cast and crew. I personally read this a while ago and own the 1990's version but purchased this updated version on my Kindle Fire prior to watching the recent big screen adaptation. This remains one of the most in-depth accounts about Psycho that you can buy and is an asset for any cinephine, Psycho-phile, film student or for those wanting to know what pressures were faced making a film of this calibre in the 50s and 60s.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Pointon on 28 May 2013
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an excellently detailed study of the making of a classic and its creator-well worth obtaining by any true film enthusiast...
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
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 many people know about the history of the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, and just how tough it was to bring it to the screen. Cue Stephen Rebello's "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," which compellingly sketches out every single step of "Psycho" -- from the bizarre serial killer who inspired the book to the mysterious PR campaign.

It begins with Ed Gein, a serial killer who inspired Richard Bloch's pulpy horror novel "Psycho." It was an unlikely choice for the great Alfred Hitchcock to adapt -- a small, gritty weird story with a shocking twist ending and two graphic stabbings. But it did appeal to his "fiendish" sense of humor, and gave the great filmmaker a chance to make what he wanted -- something fresh and "young," something in the "Les Diaboliques" mold.

He then proceeded to make a movie that went against all the "rules" -- he ignored Paramount's horror and disgust, he hired a relatively inexperienced screenwriter, he used the crew from his hit TV show, and he cast the film's biggest star as the woman who is brutally stabbed after only forty minutes.

Rebello goes through the production step-by-step, following every aspect of the casting, the props, the camera techniques, the infamous shower scene (the blood is actually chocolate syrup), the performances, the costumes -- just about every single aspect of the moviemaking process.
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