'Psycho,' 'You've Got Mail' & 'Prince of Egypt'

Gus Van Sant has not only filmed Joseph Stefano’s script of Hitchcock’s Psycho without rewriting it, he’s reproduced nearly all of the staging as well. Nearly, because what may be most interesting to viewers who know the original well is the way Van Sant has sneaked in minute differences within several shots and scenes, mischievously tweaking our memories of the 1960 classic without changing the story.

For example, in the famous...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.