Psycho. 1960. USA. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Screenplay by Joseph Stefano, based on the novel by Robert Bloch. With Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Janet Leigh. DCP. 109 min.
The proprietor of a remote roadside motel engages in some rather disturbing extracurricular activities. Hitchcock comments on the opening of Psycho: “I wanted to say we were in Phoenix, and we even spelled out the day and time, but I only did that to lead up to a very important fact: that it was two-forty-three in the afternoon and this is the only time the poor girl has to go to bed with her lover. It suggests that she’s spent the whole lunch hour with him.”