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Who Directed the Shower Scene in PSYCHO? by Vashi Nedomansky

2/16/2014 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock shocked the viewers by killing the lead actress only 30 minutes into PSYCHO.

The scene took 7 days to film in December of 1959. Of the 77 camera set-ups captured that week...only 51 shots were used in the final edit. The shower scene is a master class in filmmaking and displayed an advanced style in both editing and visual style.

What I find interesting about the shower scene is how 'un-Hitchcockian' the angles and editing are compared to almost all his other work. This is no doubt due to the contributions of legendary graphic artist Saul Bass who created the 48 storyboards for this scene.

What's even more interesting is that both Alfred_Hitchcock and Saul Bass claimed to have directed this scene.