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    Pacific Hosts Psycho Author for Anniversary of Classic Hitchcock Film

    Nov 3, 2010

    University of the Pacific will host a day-long celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the classic Alfred Hitchcock's movie "Psycho," featuring Pacific alumna Janet Leigh.

    "Psycho" is a psychological thriller about a motel owner and his murderous relationship with his dominating mother. It often is listed among the best 100 movies of all time and is considered to be one of the best thrillers and scariest movies of all time.

    David Thomson, a best-selling author and film critic from San Francisco, will discuss his book "The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder" at 3 p.m. Nov. 14, 2010 in the Janet Leigh Theater. He will sign autographs afterward. The University will host a reception for him at 5 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., the film "Psycho" will be shown in the Janet Leigh Theatre.

    The lecture is free and open to the public. Those who attend the lecture will get a ticket for the reception and to see the movie. Otherwise, the cost for the movie will be $5 for general admission. Staff, faculty, and alumni are $3.

    "I know there are a lot of younger people who say they don't find the movie frightening because it lacks gore and blood splatters, but when it was first released, this film gave most Americans second thoughts about taking a shower for weeks after seeing it," said Tom Conner, manager of the Janet Leigh Theatre. "What makes this movie frightening is it doesn't show lots of gore or blood and instead plays on the audience's imagination, especially by portraying Norman Bates as someone who could easily be one of our neighbors or the gas station owner who we say hello to every morning."

    In fact, Conner said, the movie was filmed along Highway 99 in the Central Valley, which will make the landscape even more familiar and more ominous to Stockton residents.

    The movie was loosely based on the true-crimes of Ed Gein, who not only robbed graves but eventually confessed to murdering several local women. Gein was arrested in 1957 for the murders. "Psycho" was released in 1960, which most likely made the film even more frightening because the crimes were still fresh in people's minds at the time.

    The lecture and film are being shown as a community partnership between The Friends of the Stockton Public Library, The Marian Jacobs Literary Forum of the Stockton Arts Commission, The University of the Pacific Library, and Pacific's Office of Student Leadership and Involvement.