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Psycho - again

I loved Hitch's PSYCHO but had not seen it in about 20 years, though I have the dvd. It was on television a day or so ago and I recorded it and idly put it on this morning and I was stunned all over again. Its really one of the key movies of the last 50 years and that great year 1960. I know its always in those Top 50 lists, its certainly in mine. Its one of the best Hitch's along with Notorious, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwesgt & The Birds, and he must have made so much money from it. Janet Leigh is marvellous in it, I know its not a lead role but she should surely have been a contender for best actress that year. She does wonders with the part as written. I remember reading in some interview that she said Hitch called her in, said he knew she could act and just told her what he wanted from her in his set-ups and left the character of Marian up to her. She certainly delivers a very multi-facteted performance and looks her best here (she did get very emaciated looking in her later years). Funny she and Curtis will be best remembered for their work with Hitch and Billy Wilder - he is equally as good in Some Like it Hot which with Psycho were key movies for me when growing up and I still love them now. Thats the sign of a real classic. The Herrmann score too is so much more than just those screaming violins. Like Vertigo it is so deep and resonant and so completely right. Its the first time too that a toilet is flushed in a mainstream American film and Vera Miles even has to put her hand in it to get out the bit of paper that did not flush away ... Also those opening titles say its December 11th - but there is no mention of christmas at all. But every moment of it is just genius.


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