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Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Opens in New York

The release of Psycho is often seen as a turning point in film history, representing the shift from Classical to the more experimental "Post-Classical" film. It was a groundbreaking film in its depiction of sex and graphic violence, and its exploration of mental illness was unprecedented. The film's "shower scene" has taken on iconic status as one of the most terrifying scenes ever filmed. Who wrote the novel on which the film is based?

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Spike Lee

This American filmmaker, born Shelton Jackson Lee and nicknamed "Spike" by his mother, was born in Atlanta, Ga., and moved with his family to Brooklyn when he was a small child. In 1986, She's Gotta Have It established him as a commercially viable director, and he has since produced numerous films that celebrate the richness of African-American culture and address such problems as racism, sexism, and narcotics addiction. In 2006, Lee made a documentary about what recent catastrophe?

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Katharine Graham

Graham was publisher of the Washington Post from 1969-79, when the paper enjoyed great fame for its investigative role in breaking the Watergate scandal leading to Nixon's resignation. Graham was a trailblazer for women in journalism during the 20th century and won a Pulitzer Prize for her autobiography, Personal History. In 1988, she told CIA leaders, “There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't.” How did she reach her position at the Post?

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