Irish Film Institute -PSYCHO



109 minutes, U.S.A., 1960, Black & White, D-Cinema

On March 24th, Psycho will be introduced by leading Hitchcock expert Prof. Charles Barr

“I came out of the theatre in a complete daze and could barely speak.” (Robin Wood) “People leave the cinema chuckling incredulously, groggy, exhilarated but hysterical.” (Raymond Durgnat)

Two of Hitchcock’s finest commentators testify to the extraordinary impact made by Psycho on its release in 1960, when it seemed overnight to mark a transition from the classical cinema of its predecessor North by Northwest into a new medium with new possibilities.

Half a century on, everyone knows the story, can access the film online or on DVD, and can see a fantasy version of its production in the recent Hollywood film Hitchcock; the only way to come anywhere close to the original experience is to watch it afresh here on the big screen, in a restored print that gives full value to Bernard Herrmann’s sensational musical score.

This event is part of The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock: Part Four, the final part of our complete retrospective of Hitchcock’s 52 surviving films (March 2nd – 31st).


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