“PSYCHO” BODY DOUBLE FROM TWENTYNINE PALMS TALKS OF NEW DOCUMENTARY

“PSYCHO” BODY DOUBLE FROM TWENTYNINE PALMS TALKS OF NEW DOCUMENTARY

When Hitchcock’s thriller “Psycho” is mentioned, so is its famous shower scene. Janet Leigh’s body double in that scene, model Marli Renfro, happens to be a Hi-Desert resident, and she spoke with Rebecca Havely about a new documentary film based on the iconic scene she starred in…

 

Z107.7: I understand this documentary is rather unique.

Renfro: It’s the first movie that’s ever been made that is based solely on one scene from another movie.

Z: What is the significance of the title 78/52?

Renfro: There’s 78 cuts and 52 set ups in the shower scene of Psycho.

Z: Who came up with this movie concept?

Renfro: Alexandre Phillipe; he wrote the movie and directed it, and he just did an outstanding job.

Z: Sounds like it would be a great tool for teaching.

Renfro: I really believe that it should be mandatory viewing in film classes.

Z: Can you tell us what was it like being directed by a legend?

Renfro: I was a huge Hitchcock fan; I would have done it for free. He was fantastic and he knew exactly what he wanted.

Z: How was Anthony Perkins to work with?

Renfro: Very, very, very nice. Between shots, he and I and the wardrobe lady would play word games while waiting for the next set up.

Z: Tell us about the book that’s been written about you.

Renfro: Robert Gray Smith wrote it, it’s called “The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower.”

Z: And that is available for sale on Amazon.

The documentary “78/52” was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, and will be in wider release later this year.

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