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Psycho

Psycho

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Published by Dhuran Modha
Psycho Review
Psycho Review

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Published by: Dhuran Modha on Feb 10, 2013
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Psycho – Alfred Hitchcock – (1960)
 
Figure 01
 
Psycho is a psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960 and is one of the
world’s
mostrecognisable films. It was a highly controversial film with a lot of unseen footage, for example thiswas the first film to show a flushing toilet with all of its contents, it was considered taboo and notaccepted in most films.The film has Freudian themeson the account of the waythat Bates has an obsessionwith his mother andmurdered her and her lover.However he was completelyunaware to his actionsbecause of psychosis, he isfinally enveloped by the
Mother
and loses his entireself to her.Figure 02The shower scene is the most famous and most re-created scenes in theatre. It uses over 50different cuts in a 3 minute scene to hide the actual violence. While the scene is obviously violent,not 1 of the 50 cuts has a shot of the killer actuallyplunging the knife into flesh giving the sense of vulnerability and fear.
“  
Everything about this film is perfection, from thegorgeous black and white cinematography toevery single performance,
” 
(Wenk, 2005. Theblack and white is a good portrayal in this film as itgives an impression of darkness and watching thefilm, it
s hard to really notice the lack of colourFigure 03 when the film starts to pick up.There is a lot of 
sexual and scandalous grottiness
(
Weber, 2010) where Hitchcock has broken thetraditional norms. He shows Marion in a bra at the beginning, implies Bates
‘relieving himself’
looking at Marion and shows her in the shower (albeit being murdered).
“  
Story-wise, Psycho is not extraordinary; its true ingeniousness lies in its construction.
” 
(Berardinelli,1998) This is a good analysis as within the plot, Hitchcock brishes past some of the plot points, hemerely dismisses the money, burying it in a tar pit when Marion is killed, and Marion
s death is alsodismissed at the end because all of the attention is on Bates. However, the cinematography andsound make up for this.

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