Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
Stephen Rebello

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Narrated By: Richard Powers

Duration: 8 hours and 19 minutes

What to expect

Here is a gripping, behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker Psycho—and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking.

First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it.

Stephen Rebello brings to life the creation of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, from the story of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to Hitchcock's groundbreaking achievements in cinematography, sound, editing, and promotion. Packed with captivating insights from the film's stars, writers, and crew members, this book is a riveting and definitive history of a signature Hitchcock cinematic masterpiece.

Genre

Films, cinema, Performing arts, Filmmaking and production: technical and background skills

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“Meticulous history…helps the reader comprehend the original shock of the film.”

New York Times Book Review

“Rebello talked with virtually every surviving participant in the filmmaking. The result is a book that will inform cineastes and indulge Psychomanes.”

Washington Post Book World

“Fascinating.”

Newsweek

“Joyously entertaining.”

Sunday Telegraph (London)

“Meticulously researched and irresistible…Required reading not only for Psycho-philes but also for anyone interested in the backstage world of movie creation.”

Anthony Perkins, star of Psycho

“Essential…I’ve learned so much from reading this book.”

Gus Van Sant, award-winning film director

“One of the best accounts of the making of an individual movie we’ve ever had.”

Richard Schickel, Time film critic

“We are indebted to Stephen Rebello’s labor of love. He sweats the details as much as Hitchcock at his most compulsive.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Garcia’s reading is clipped and precise. When quoting the great filmmaker, Garcia’s voice takes on Hitchcock’s slow, impishly boastful style without trying to imitate it.”

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“In some ways a groundbreaking film, Psycho has been extensively written about and minutely analyzed…Rebello’s book has added considerable color gained from extensive interviews with Hitchcock and others who worked on the film.”