The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 17, with a screening of Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960, 109 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
On impulse, office secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) steals $40,000 from her employer and decides to drive from Phoenix, AZ to northern California, in order to start a new life with her lover, Sam Loomis (John Gavin). Pulling over at night during a rainstorm, she meets a friendly young man named Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who runs a motel while caring for his mother. Crane accepts the man’s offer of a sandwich and they talk for a while. The talk with Bates convinces Crane to drive back to Phoenix the next day and return the money. She goes to her room to take a shower before retiring for the night.