And so begins the delightful original 1960 trailer for Psycho, which features Hitchcock himself offering a guided tour of the Bates Motel murder scene and Bates residence. The trailer was one of the most effective aspects of the ingenious publicity campaign that accompanied the release of Psycho.
In the trailer, Hitchcock plays up his mischievous persona, teases the audience with hints about the movie, shows us the bathroom where the first murder takes place, and lingers over the toilet (much to the shock & irritation of Hollywood censors, as depicting a toilet onscreen was a major taboo in 1960), all building up to the surprise ending.
C’est toujours ainsi qu’il a vu le monde, observé les êtres, dans une brume de mélancolie que nul rayon de joie ne parvenait à percer.
“My trouble is that I try to cover a part entirely. When you do there’s the danger that the patron will leave the theatre feeling that you are so perfectly suited to the character he has just seen that he can’t imagine you in any other part.
…Mothers with children ran from me in the street. Terrible letters came to me. Letters came from strange people; people who I never believed lived in the world; depraved and disturbed minds, thinking they saw in me the perfect companion, a fellow psychopathic. A success can be too great, I tell you.”
-Peter Lorre, on his role in 1931’s M
M (1931, dir. Fritz Lang) (via)
“Like me, Antoine [in The 400 Blows] is against violence because it signifies confrontation. For me, what replaces violence is running away, not from what is essential but in order to obtain what is essential. That is what I showed in Fahrenheit 451. This is the most important aspect of the film, the apology for cunning. ‘Oh, really, so books are banned? Fine, we’ll learn them by heart!’ This is the ultimate cunning.”