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Psycho film review

Psycho film review

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Psycho
Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock is another film that showcases Hitchcock’s
ability to use tension effectively to create an evocative mood of fear. For budget reasons it was filmed in black and white although at the time colour wasavailable. The soundscape in the movie pushed it a long, the screechy musicadded to the tension in the film and allowed things that were ordinary likewalking to have added tension.Figure 1. Psycho poster. (1960)
Hitchcock’s eye for luring the audience with h
is depiction of interestingcharacters is captured in many of his films. Figure 1 is a Poster for Psycho it depicts the main characters, with the lead character Marion Crane in colour withred lipstick and really bright blonde hair. To the other far left is Norman Bateswith a distressed expression, and in the middle without the purple background
are Marion’s sister and Marion’s
lover. The word Psycho is written in red with aslash going through it. The poster highlights the important factors in the movie,a beautiful women seductive without trying to be is on the right(Marion Crane)
the red lipstick is evocative of sexual connotations and the fact that she’s only in
her underwear is very seductive. The image of Marion is heightened sexually as if we are seeing her through the eyes of Norman Bates, she appears to be an idea of beauty and sexuality because her appearance, like her hair and lips seem to bethe main focus. The poster appears to have the killer in mind in a very subtleway, the reasons for his k 
illings being that he’s ashamed to have feelings for
women.The art direction that took place in the way the film was produced although on a
low budget doesn’t seem to reduce the fear
in the film. He created tensionthrough his clever camera angles and his ability to show us the scary things that 
 
are about to happen like in the shower scene. We see the murderer behind theshower curtain and the anticipation and suspense that builds up in the viewer is
due to the fact that we can see what’s about to happen.
Some film criticshowever from the Observer thought differently of the direction that Hitchcock took on the film,
“ The stupid air and portent surrounding Psycho’s presentationstrikes me as a tremendous error” (Observer , 1960)
What the critic from the
Observer appears to be saying is that the tension created wasn’t effective. Maybethe critic didn’t want to see Norman through the shower curtains but to just see
the stabbing and the violence without the added suspense. This notion howevertakes away from the film and the suspense that Hitchcock is known for.
Hitchcock’s use of tension is very effective and makes the viewer jump and feel
startled through the fact that he decides to show us the danger that is about tooccur.Figure 2. Shower Scene. (1960)The shower scene in Psycho is very iconic and that is because what is shown tothe viewer. Figure 2 shows the shower sequence in its storyboard format usingthe stills from the movie. Although we never see the knife enter Marion theessence of violence is penetrated through the screen. The sequence uses manyinteresting angles of her taking a shower and the screechy music is foreboding of the murder about to happen. This sequence is very effective in making theviewer feel afraid and you can see the many camera angles uses in this sequenceto make it dynamic.The use of bl
ack and white instead of colour doesn’t limit the film. Mark 
Kermode film critic for the guardian explains that, Hitchcock was,
“ shooting in
black-and-white to give the production a verite news-
footage feel. Many viewer’sstill insist that the blood running down the plughole after Marion’s murder isbright red” ( Kermode,2010)
Kermode appears to be saying that because the

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