Psycho (1960 35mm)
Thursday, October 25th
8pm | $10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Without a doubt one of the most influential films of all time.
This masterpiece uses amazing black and white cinematography and an amazing score, that has become a part of pop culture in itself, to weave a fascinating story of a woman (Janet Leigh) caught in a criminal web of her own doing who stops off at the wrong motel on a wet and rainy night.
She meets the inn-keeper (Anthony Perkins), a fragile and soft-spoken young man who is emotionally and verbally pushed around by his overbearing mother.
What follows is a tension-filled and horrifying tale of psychological suspense
Anthony Perkins, in one of the most famous performances in screen history, skillfully crafts his performance as Norman Bates, avoiding a ranting, murder-happy, manic characterization; instead, his performance as Norman is subtle, creepy, cool, and unsettling.
The psychological threads of the film are so complex as to be nearly inexhaustible; this feature alone contributes to its place in film history as one of the great celluloid efforts of all time. Like any genuine work of true genius, it may be enjoyed on more than one level. Alfred Hitchcock forced film-goers to confront head-on, the shadowy corners of the human psyche.
Often imitated, parodied, referenced, and analyzed to death, "Psycho" is still infinitely watchable and brilliant, nearly 45 years after it came out.