The Shower Scene from Psycho | 1960 | dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Saul Bass’ storyboards for the Psycho shower scene
Noticeably absent from the storyboards is the final image of the shower head, included here due to its legendary distinction as both the last shot of the film’s first half, featuring Marilyn (Janet Leigh) as protagonist, and the first shot of the second half, focusing on the psychotic Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) following Marilyn’s savage murder. The pivotal 1-second shot is a testament to Hitchcock’s cinematic genius, despite the faithful attention given to Bass’s storyboards, allowing for a seamless and artful transition in story focus.