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Watch Steven Soderbergh Mash Up "Psycho" With... "Psycho"?

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire February 25, 2014 at 1:49PM

The busiest retiree in the world puts Alfred Hitchcock and Van Sant in the same frame.
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There's no question Steven Soderbergh is keeping busy in retirement; the first season of his Showtime series "The Knick" is already in the can, and he has a play opening at New York's Public Theater in March. But he's still got time to do things like put together a feature-length mash-up of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and Gus Vant Sant's shot-for-shot remake, which you can now watch at his Extension 765 website. It might take some time to figure out whether this is a fun lark or a significant work in the vein of Michael Snow's "WVLNT". So let's get to work, shall we?

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Update: Nelson Carvajal points out that Soderbergh isn't the first to try a version of this exercise; in 2000, video artist Michael Olenick created "Psycho 2000," a live projection superimposing both versions of the film all the way through. The effect's not quite the same; Soderbergh takes a more active hand, sometimes intercutting, sometimes layering, and possibly using other techniques; his website is offline, presumably due to a traffic surge, so I wasn't able to get all the way through his version. But it's certainly interesting to compare what two different filmmakers do with a broadly similar idea.


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