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Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho [Paperback]

Stephen Rebello
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17 May 2012
A behind-the-scenes account of the creation of Psycho, including the difficulties Hitchcock experienced in overcoming studio politics, censorship and collaborators. Financing the film himself, Hitchcock had no major stars, no exotic locations and no top screenwriters. Rebello takes us behind the scenes, drawing upon Hitchcock's private files, and in-depth interviews with the stars, writers and technical crew, to give a unique and unparalleled view of the master at work. The book is currently being filmed as a major feature film called HITCHCOCK, starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson, and Helen Mirren, to be released in early 2013.

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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: 756,561 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psycho and the Mind Games 17 Mar 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb insight into the making of a classic film 27 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty In-depth 27 Mar 2003
I thought that it was my duty to give a review of this book as there are none! Read on if you dare...
This book is good, and very interesting, but... I dunno... I sort of ended up with a feeling that it could have been even better, somehow; perhaps with a bit of additional and less biased focussing, and better chapter layouts? I'm not sure.
Anyway, you can't say it doesn't start at the beginning; the first chapter is about Ed Gein, the serial killer on which Robert Bloch based Norman Bates. It then progresses to Robert Bloch and his novel (including nice snippets of interviews with Bloch himself and later his bitter views of the film) before coming to rest on Hitchcock, whereupon the focus stays throughout the rest of the book.
The detail of the entire conception, production and release is very good, and interspersed with comments from many of the cast and crew. Lots of ambiguities exist also from varying memories, and the book does not try to say that one is right and one is wrong; instead it recites all the contrasting elements of the story (such as the highly argued: Did Hitchcock or Saul Bass direct the shower scene?) with the presumption that you make up your own mind about it. Anyone looking for factual answers to such discrepancies beware...
On the other hand, snippets of trivia which you thought were true are casually slaughtered by the author (eg, the myth that the working title of the film was "Wimpy") leaving a slight bad taste in the mouth and feeling of being conned.
All in all, though, the information is very good. My only real disappointment was that despite pages upon pages on detailed elements of the film such as lighting, etc, the saving grace and most memorable part of the film - Bernard Herrman's score - is given a measly stinking half a page.
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