The Moment of Psycho
How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love MurderBook - 2009
A leading film critic evaluates the creation and legacy of the iconic Hitchcock horror movie, explaining its influence in shaping American culture and changing the ways in which the industry meets demands for movie entertainment. By the author of Biographical Dictionary of Film.
In The Moment of Psycho, film critic David Thomson situates Psycho in Alfred Hitchcock’s career, recreating the mood and time when the seminal film erupted onto film screens worldwide. Thomson shows that Psycho was not just a sensation in film: it altered the very nature of our desires. Sex, violence, and horror took on new life. Psycho, all of a sudden, represented all America wanted from a film—and, as Thomson brilliantly demonstrates, still does.
San Francisco-based Thomson is the author of many books on film and a regular contributor of film commentary and criticism to the New York Times, Film Comment, The New Republic, Salon, and the Guardian (UK). Some 50 years after the premiere of Hitchcock's groundbreaking film, Thomson analyzes Psycho within the context of the time when it was created, and how it opened up a taste for sex, violence, and horror that continues in American cinema--and other cultural productions--today. The text includes a chapter on Psycho's film legacy assessing 28 films produced between 1962 and 2009, ranging from Dr. No and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? to Blow-Up (1966), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Frenzy (1972), Halloween (1978), Fatal Attraction (1987), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Pulp Fiction. For students, scholars, critics, and fans of cinema. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Evaluates the creation and legacy of the iconic Hitchcock horror movie, explaining its influence in shaping American culture and changing the ways in which the industry meets demands for movie entertainment.
In "The Moment of Psycho," film critic David Thomson situates "Psycho" in Alfred Hitchcock's career, recreating the mood and time when the seminal film erupted onto film screens worldwide. Thomson brilliantly demonstrates how Hitchcock's creation represented all America wanted from a film--and still does.