Deconstructing Norman: “Psycho” (1998)

0000psycho     To look upon Gus Van Sant’s supposed shot-by-shot  (it’s not) remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” as a grand experiment is to excuse meaningless directorial hubris as a substitution for genuine artistic evolution. It is difficult to fathom what the director nor even the studio backing such an effort were thinking, but the results are predictable, something of which Hitchcock’s original could never be accused.  If the film were a result of a film school class deconstructing a classic film by way of cinematic mimeography the results could not have been any more perfunctory, disaffected and devoid of both tension and mystery. 

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3 Responses to Deconstructing Norman: “Psycho” (1998)

  1. garethrhodes says:

    The original Psycho knocked me sideways. I only watched it recently for the first time. I was impressed how alarming it was after all these years. Hitch was a true master. I must catch up with this remake, for the purposes of satisfying my curiosity.

  2. beetleypete says:

    The remakes were dire. But then again, I an not really a fan of the original. Nor Hitchcock in the main, for that matter.
    Best Wishes, Pete.

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