Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A bit of this... a bit of that...

Hello there friend,

How  how was your day? Mine was glorious! I spent most of my day watching charlie is so cool like on youtube whilst crocheting scarves : D I think they are my favourite things at the moment! Actually... I was listening to the Relevant podcast today and that's my fav too... I like a lot! But these are the best - so pretty much today was the best! And now I'm rambling... What are your fav things to listen to, watch, read, anything?! Any fav youtube videos you're hooked on?

Here is some more Psycho trivia:

When the cast and crew began work on the first day they had to raise their hands and promise not to divulge one word of the story. Alfred Hitchcock also withheld the ending part of the script from his cast until he needed to shoot it.

One of the reasons Alfred Hitchcock shot the movie in black and white was he thought it would be too gory in colour. But the main reason it was that he wanted to make the film as inexpensive as possible (under $1 million). He also wondered if so many bad, inexpensively made b/w "B" movies did so well at the box office, what would happen if a really good, inexpensively made, b/w movies was made.

Every theatre that  showed the film had a cardboard cut-out installed in the lobby of Alfred Hitchcock pointing to his wristwatch with a note from the director saying "The manager of this theatre has been instructed at the risk of his life, not to admit to the theatre any persons after the picture starts. Any spurious attempts to enter the side doors, fire escapes or ventilating shafts will be met by force. The entire objective of this extraordinary policy, of course, is to help you enjoy Psycho more. Alfred Hitchcock."

Alfred Hitchcock originally envisioned the shower sequence as completely silent, but Bernard Herrmann went ahead and scored it anyway, and upon hearing it, Hitchcock immediately changed his mind.

There are several references to birds in this film: Marion's surname is Crane, she is from Pheonix, Norman's hobby is stuffing birds and he states that Marion eats like a bird. Coincidentally, Alfred Hitchcock's next film was The Birds (1963).

After the film's release Alfred Hitchcock received an angry letter from the father of a girl who refused to have a bath after seeing Les diaboliques (1955) and now refused to shower after seeing this film. Hitchcock sent a note back simply saying, "Send her to the dry cleaners".

In the 50's and 60's, the general public was far less aware of basic psychiatry than most people are today. This is part of the reason for the psychiatrist's speech at the end of the film.

Until next time friendlikins!
love love Liz xo

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