Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello

Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

By Stephen Rebello

  • Publication Date: 2010-06-16
  • Genre: Film
4 Score: 4 (From 52 Ratings)

Book Summary

Now a major motion picture! The gripping behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker—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, which has been adapted as a movie starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville, and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh. 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 crewmembers, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is a riveting and definitive history of a signature Hitchcock cinematic masterpiece.
“Marvelously researched and irresistible.” —Anthony Perkins, star of Psycho
“Fascinating.” —Newsweek
“One of the best accounts of the making of an individual movie we’ve ever had.” —Richard Schickel, Time film critic
“Will inform cineastes and indulge Psychomanes.” —The Washington Post
“Meticulous history of a single film production.” —The New York Times

“Joyously entertaining.” —Sunday Telegraph
Stephen Rebello is a screenwriter, journalist, and the author of such books as Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen, which was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1999. Based in Los Angeles, he has contributed feature stories to such magazines as CosmopolitanGQMore, and The Advocate, and currently serves as a Playboy contributing editor. Stephen Rebello adapted for the screen Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho as the basis of Hitchcock, the Fox Searchlight dramatic feature motion picture starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, James D’Arcy, Danny Huston, Ralph Macchio, and Michael Wincott.  

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Book Opinions

  • Insightful

    5
    By sjsla
    This short book is a gem. Full of insightful and often surprising behind the scenes stories detailing the making of an iconic motion picture. I picked up this book after reading that it was to be the basis of its own film, with Anthony Hopkins playing Hitchcock. What a film that will be.
  • Details galore for the true student of Hitch

    3
    By Adteach
    This book reveals a great deal beyond the basics. This is written much like a reference for a student of film wishing to know names and places over gripping narrative. It is nice to have, but not an exhilarating read.
  • Love the juicy details

    5
    By Hitckcock fan
    I love the details that Rebello uncovers for this classic film. Perfect for the 50th anniversary!
  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

    1
    By AlaskaMark
    Question, is this a re-release of the book? I hope so since Anthony Perkins died in 1992, and probably hasn't written a book review lately

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