Wednesday, 16 June 2021

don’t give away the ending—it’s the only one we have!

Premiering in New York on this day in 1960 ahead of general release in US cinemas in September and a departure from the director’s previous films choosing to use the crew and black-and-white cameras from his eponymous television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Psycho, at first panned but subsequently subject to critical re-evaluation, was ground-breaking for its portrayal of sexual deviancy and the pioneering piece of slasher genre. Unable to financial commit to marriage, Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane, a secretary for a real estate brokerage, pilfers a substantial down payment and flees with the money in hopes of starting a new life with her partner, though a necessary rest stop significantly complicates matters.