Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller by Janet LeighSince its release in the summer of 1960, Psycho has fascinated and frightened millions of film-goers all over the world. The innovative cinematography, the unsettling music score, and the stabbing scene in the shower at the Bates Motel, have established psycho as an enduring classic. Filled with Janet Leighs memories, some well-known and some never-before-published photographs, and new interviews with key players, this book takes a revealing look at one of the most famous films ever made.
Janet Leigh was born in Merced, California, on July 6, Her first film was The Romance of Rosy Ridge in She was cast in a number of films in the late s and early s. In the mids, she started acting in television movies and minor films. She died October 3, in Beverly Hills, California.
When I sat down with actress Janet Leigh back in to talk about Psycho , her autobiography, There Really Was a Hollywood , was just being published. She was feeling a bit overwhelmed by publicity responsibilities for that which this interview was a part of and a variety of other things. When I got old…. Everyone says, 'You know, as you get older, things get easier. Rehearsal, she said, was getting to her, but she felt it was an important thing to do. You do so many things for every other thing in the world except your own business sometimes.
I n the run-up to the release of Psycho in , Alfred Hitchcock did everything he could to build up the suspense. He also filmed on a closed set and forced cast and crew to sign an agreement promising not to mention the ending to anyone. There were no advance screenings. When the reviews for Psycho , which is rereleased this week, rolled in, they focused on one shocking moment: the shower sequence, in which Janet Leigh is slashed to death. Comprising over 70 shots, each lasting two or three seconds, it has become one of the most infamous moments in horror movie history. Mixing fast cutting and Bernard Herrmann's screeching music, Hitchcock created a brilliant illusion of gore, violence and nudity — while actually showing very little.
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In the shower scene from the film "Psycho," Marion Crane played by Janet Leigh screams in terror as Norman Bates tears open her shower curtain. Getting stabbed a bunch of times in the shower by an angry motel owner would make anyone prefer baths. Leigh's Marion Crane checks into a remote motel run by a man who is plagued by the domination of his mother. She ultimately gets stabbed multiple times in the shower. Hitchcock previously said it took seven days to shoot that scene and there were 70 camera setups for 45 seconds of footage. I also leave the bathroom door open and shower curtain open.
She was Leigh, who appeared in more than 60 motion pictures, died Sunday in her Beverly Hills home of vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels. At her bedside were her husband of more than 40 years, stockbroker and producer Robert Brandt, and her two daughters from her marriage to actor Tony Curtis, actresses Kelly and Jamie Lee Curtis. The gamble paid off. Her 45 minutes on screen, ending with her dramatic stabbing death in the shower, earned Leigh a Golden Globe award as well as an Oscar nomination and a slot in Hollywood history. Film buffs recall Leigh nude in the Bates Motel shower stall. She actually wore a flesh-colored moleskin bikini.
It has been more than 35 years since Janet Leigh saw herself on the screen in Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror film "Psycho. Leigh was seized with an overwhelming -- and lasting -- terror. In fact, when the former movie star stays overnight in a hotel or at a friend's home where only a shower is available, she panics. I'm always facing the door, watching, no matter where the shower head is. The film's impact on Ms.