Solzy at the Movies covers two selections from the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival

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78/52

A selection for the 2017 Fantasia International Film Festival, 78/52 profiles the iconic shower scene shown in Alfred Hitchock’s Pyscho. Written and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, the documentary features a wide array of interviews mixed in with archival footage.  A number of interview subjects were included including family members of Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, and Anthony Perkins. Oscar winning editors such as Walter Murch, Chris Ennis, and Bob Murawski were also among those interviewed.

The shower scene is easily one of the most iconic scenes in film history.  The documentary explores “The Man behind the Curtain” and the murder that changed cinema and has led to so much discussion from film historians and filmmakers.  The title comes from the number of set-ups and cuts that ultimately made the shower scene.  Psycho was scheduled to shoot for four weeks but devoted an entire week to the shower scene, thus showing its importance to the film.

This film is unprecedented in that there has never before been a single feature-length documentary that discusses the influence in the shower scene. I’m no fan of horror films but this is a must-watch for anyone who calls themselves a cinema lover. IFC Midnight will distribute later this year.  In the meantime, Philippe will co-host 50 Years of Hitchcock on TCM, which will feature VertigoNorth by Northwest, and Psycho.

BITCH

Selected for the 2017 Fantasia International Film Festival, Bitch is a dark comedy that takes us on a wild ride as lonely housewife begins acting like a dog.

Written and directed by Marianna Palka, the thriller stars Jason Ritter, Marianna Palka, Jaime King, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster, Jason Maybaum, with Caroline Aaron and Bill Smitrovich.

The film starts out with Jill (Palka) going through with what turns into a failed suicide attempt.  Her husband Bill (Ritter) is cheating her with a co-worker but he doesn’t even bother to realize what’s going on with her life.  Jill ends up breaking down and is assumed missing but she’s just in the basement where she’s taken on the persona of a dog.

The whole crisis effects Bill as he brings in Jill’s sister, Beth (King), to help take care of his four kids.  Bill may have been a workaholic at the start of the film but the ordeal helps him grow as a character.  He doesn’t want to put Jill in a mental ward.

A Sundance selection earlier this year, Bitch also played in May during the Chicago Critics Film Festival.  Dark Sky Films is expected to release Bitch later this year.

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