Interview: Alexandre O. Philippe on “78/52”

My third director interview, this one with Alexandre Philippe, director of documentaries like “The People vs. George Lucas” and “The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus”.

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Alexandre O. Philippe is a practiced documentarian with a decided penchant for pop culture phenomena, especially films. In The People vs. George Lucas, he looked at the interaction between filmmakers and fans. In The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octupus, he commented on an octopus named Paul that correctly “predicted” eight consecutive World Cup matches. And in Doc of the Dead, he tackled all things zombies. Now, in 78/52, Philippe delves deep into one of the most iconic scenes in the history of cinema: The Shower Scene from Alfred Hitchock’s Psycho.

Cinema Axis’s Derek Jacobs reviewed the film as part of our coverage for the Hot Docs 2017 festival, and Mr. Philippe was kind enough to be interviewed about his newest film.


Derek Jacobs: The first thing that I’d like to ask you about 78/52 is the subject of the documentary. Where did this idea to…

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