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A long hard look at 'Psycho'

Author: Raymond Durgnat
Publisher: London : BFI : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Series: BFI silver.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Upon its release in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho divided critical opinion, with several leading film critics condemning Hitchcock's apparent encouragement of the audience's identification with the gruesome murder that lies at the heart of the film. Such antipathy did little to harm Psycho's box-office returns, and it would go on to be acknowledged as one of the greatest film thrillers, with scenes and characters
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Durgnat
ISBN: 9781844573592 1844573591 1844573583 9781844573585
OCLC Number: 640083892
Notes: Previous edition: 2002.
Description: xxi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Contents: Introduction to the 2010 Edition by Henry K. Miller.- Introduction to the 2002 Edition.- Developing the Film.- A Long Hard Look at 'Psycho'.- Matters Arising.- Notes.- Credits.- Bibliography.
Series Title: BFI silver.
Responsibility: Raymond Durgnat ; with a foreword by Henry K. Miller.

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