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MFFA Film: Psycho

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When: Next Wednesday 3rd November 2010

Where: New Lecture Theatre, Iontas Building, North Campus, NUI Maynooth

Time: 8.00pm

To mark its 50th anniversary Psycho, Alfred Hichcock’s classic thriller is Maynooth Film For All Film Club’s next screening on Wednesday 3rd November at 8.00pm. All films will now be shown in the New Lecture Theatre, Iontas Building, North Campus NUI Maynooth - see map for details http://www.nuim.ie/location/maps/index.shtml

In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released Psycho and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen thriller.

From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple balances pleasure and guilt in a lunchtime liaison in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960), Psycho announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before, and on that score what followed would hardly disappoint.

Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is unhappy in her job at a Phoenix, Arizona real estate office and frustrated in her romance with hardware store manager Sam Loomis (John Gavin). One afternoon, Marion is given $40,000 in cash to be deposited in the bank. Minutes later, impulse has taken over and Marion takes off with the cash, hoping to leave Phoenix for good and start a new life with her stolen nest egg.

36 hours later, paranoia and exhaustion have started to set in, and Marion decides to stop for the night at the Bates Motel, where nervous but personable innkeeper Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) cheerfully mentions that she's the first guest in weeks, before he regales her with curious stories about his mother.

There's hardly a film fan alive who doesn't know what happens next, but while the shower scene is justifiably the film's most famous sequence, there are dozens of memorable bits throughout this film.

Also showing on the night will be Darren Bolger’s short film Alibi.

The programme starts at 7.45pm with an introduction from Dr Denis Condon NUIM. The featured film then begins at 8.00pm.

Standard Season Ticket Membership costs €32 or €42.00 for a couple. Guests and ‘on the night only’ memberships cost €6.00. Concessions are available. Tickets will be on sale from 7.30pm, please arrive early to minimize delays.

2010 /2011 club brochure available to download here. Please contact Brenda Brady Tel: 045 448328, Email: bbrady@kildarecoco.ie with any further queries

Maynooth Film for All: Film Club is supported by Kildare County Council Library & Arts Service and The School of English, Media and Theatre Studies NUIM.

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