91301: A Cultural Experience


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Late Screenwriter’s Wife is Guest Speaker


Agoura Hills, CA; July 13, 2013 — The Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council is presenting a special outdoor movie experience with a screening of Hitchcock’s Psycho, the 1960 classic thriller ranked among the greatest films of all time.  Psycho was suspense master Alfred Hitchcock’s pet project, based on the 1959 novel by Robert Bloch.  The late screenwriter Joseph Stefano who wrote the film adaptation was an Agoura Hills resident. In addition to being instrumental on the success of Psycho, Stefano was producer of the classic sci-fi television series The Outer Limits.

Guest speaker for the 91301 screening is Marilyn Stefano, wife of the late writer/director/producer.  Having been on the set during the filming of the shower scene, she will share behind-the-scene stories and discuss her husband’s relationship with Hitchcock as well as his portrayal in the recent 2012 movie Hitchcock about Hitchcock and his wife during the making of the film.

Produced on a constrained budget of $800,000, Psycho was shot in black-and-white on a spare set. The unprecedented violence of the shower scene, the early death of the heroine, and the innocent lives extinguished by a disturbed murderer were all hallmarks of Hitchcock and have been copied in many subsequent horror films.  The movie will be shown under the stars at the historic Reyes Adobe. The 91301 Film Series is one of the many innovative public programs being developed by the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council.

The presentation of Psycho is on July 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m. with the movie showing at dusk. Admission is free; event donations are being taken to support the Reyes Adobe Historical Site.  Seating is limited and patrons should bring their own chair or blanket. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (818) 597-7361.  The Reyes Adobe Historical Site is located at 5464 Reyes Adobe Rd. in Agoura Hills.  For more information call (818) 597-7361 or visit http://www.agourahillsrec.org