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Watch: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Psychos,’ His Feature Length Mashup Of The 1960 And 1998 Versions Of ‘Psycho’

Watch: Steven Soderbergh's 'Psychos,' His Feature Length Mashup Of The 1960 And 1998 Versions Of 'Psycho'

“The real trick—as was the case in ‘Psycho‘—is: can you keep the plot a secret and convince people to go without really telling them why they should go?” director Steven Soderbergh asked during an MSN interview about his final theatrical film “Side Effects.” “The best case scenario is people coming in cold. Then you have the most fun.” But merely tipping his hat to Alfred Hitchcock wasn’t enough for the filmmaker, who has gone a bit further in deconstructing the iconic thriller.

Today, the director has posted “Psychos,” which as you might gather from the title, is a feature-length mashup of Hitchcock’s original 1960 movie and Gus Van Sant‘s controversial shot-for-shot 1998 remake. His approach is interesting, utilizing monochrome for the entire movie cutting between shots from Hitchcock’s and Van Sant’s films. But for the shower sequence, he goes to color, primarily using Van Sant’s cut though overlaying imagery from Hitchcock’s take as well. (And it should be noted that Soderbergh did something similar in “Kafka,” with a key sequence in color in an otherwise black-and-white film).

Naturally, it’s a fascinating watch so block off some time and jump over to Extension 765 to check the mashup that Soderbergh says cryptically comes from a place of “total affection, openness, and honey bought directly from a beekeeper.”

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Comments

Chris

Still nobody can touch the masterpiece that is 24 Hour Psycho.

Matthew Morettini

I did something like this with the shower scene back in '06. It's on YouTube. Search for it under "Psycho Re-Imagined." (For some reason, this site won't let me post the address; it thinks I'm a spammer.)

Over 385K+ hits without ever receiving a link to it (as far as I know).

I met Soderbergh once on the subway in NYC, a few weeks before Ocean's 12 opened. A complete gentlemen. We talked for about ten minutes. I went 4 extra stops just to keep up the conversation.

Here's hoping he comes out of retirement and starts making features again.

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