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#1 Craig Knowles

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Posted 24 October 2005 - 11:46 PM

I'm enjoying the current TCM run of Hitchcock classics, and I'm sitting here admiring the B&W beauty of Psycho(1960). Anyone know the production details behind this? I assume is was 35mm of course, but anyone know what stock this was shot on, etc?

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 12:13 AM

Most b&w studio films at that time were either using Plus-X neg, Double-X neg, or both. Plus-X was more commonly used because Double-X was considered a little too "gritty" by Hollywood standards -- so likely "Psycho" used Plus-X except for low-light scenes but I could be wrong.
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Posted 27 October 2005 - 08:57 AM

What struck me in particular was the amount of beautiful black in this film. What would they have used in 1960 for low-light scenes? Additionally, what Plus-X speeds were available at the time? The same stuff we have now?

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