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CCCCD Hosts Auteur Film Series With "Psycho"

CCCCD Hosts Auteur Film Series With "Psycho"

October 23, 2003 - Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) presents their annual Auteur Film Series for 2003-2004. The second screening will be Alfred Hitchcock's infamous "Psycho," at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4 in room C104 on the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The film is free and open to the public.

In 1960, Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense when he released "Psycho" and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen thriller, not to mention showers. 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). Greed takes over and she leaves town with $40,000 she is supposed to deposit for her boss, hoping to start a new life. Thirty-six hours later, paranoia and exhaustion have started to set in, and Marion decides to stop for the night at the Bates Motel. The eccentric innkeeper, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) cheerfully mentions that she's the first guest in weeks and regales her with curious stories about his mother. As Marion soon finds out, those who check into the Bates Motel never check out.

Following the film, there will be a brief panel discussion featuring Mark Kaufmann, professor of Film History; Mindi Bailey, professor of Humanities; and Carolyn Perry, professor of Humanities.

Auteurs are filmmakers whose creative vision has a definitive impact on their work. The remaining films in the series will be Hitchcock classics "The 39 Steps" and "Rear Window."

For more information, contact Carolyn Perry at 972.881.5140.