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Psycho Killer

NETFLIX OFFERS FEWER THAN 25 MOVIES MADE BEFORE 1950. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR FUTURE FILM FANS OR HOLLYWOOD’S PAST?

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF STREAMING: Janet Leigh in the shower scene of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film, Psycho.
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REED HASTINGS, the Netflix CEO who cofounded the company long before “streaming” entered the popular lexicon, was born in 1960, a fairly remarkable year for film. Among the classics released: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Billy Wilder’s The Apartment, Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom.

In the vast world of Netflix streaming, there’s one movie from 1961 available (the original Parent Trap) and one selection from 1959 (Compulsion), but not a single film from 1960. It’s like it never happened. Neither, for that matter, did 1968, 1963, 1955 or 1948. There are no Hitchcock films on Netflix, no classics from Sergio Leone or François Truffaut. When Debbie Reynolds died last Christmas week, grieving fans had to turn to Amazon Video for Singin’ in the Rain and Susan Slept Here. You could fill a large film studies textbook with what’s not available.

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WHO'S KILLING AMERICA'S SPERM? Hagai Levine doesn't scare easily. The Hebrew University Public Health researcher is the former chief epidemiologist for the Israel Defense Forces, which means he’s acquainted with danger and risk in a way most of his academic counter-parts aren’t. So when he raises doubts about the future of the human race, it’s worth listening. Together with Shanna Swan, a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Levine authored a major new analysis that tracked male sperm levels over the past few decades, and what he found frightened him. “Reproduction may be the most important function of any species,” says Levine. “Something is very wrong with men.”
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