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Psycho’ analysis

Psycho’ analysis

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‘Psycho’
 
Analysis of trailer- Film Noir
 
Introduction of characters
This is the first introduction of the protagonist, “Marion Crane” that the
audience sees. This close up of her sets the horror tone as the use of chiaroscuro lighting creates a clear contrast between the black background andher shadowed face. This is a dominant feature in the genre of film noir andparticularly symbolises her vulnerability amongst the horror and the beginningof terror. This feature is also typically used to create a sinister and uncertaintone.
 
Typography
The audience is introduced to the typography veryearly in the film, as the modern trailer focuses on
the ‘classic context’ of the film.
The text itself unfolds in a peculiar black and grey,striped style. This monochrome colour palettecreates a more subtle symbol of entrapment andlinks back to the idea of shadows and graduationin darkness. This metaphorically alludes to thetheme of imprisonment in the motel, and in thehorror itself.The non-diegetic soundtrack also sets the themeof entrapment. It begins with a very low keyhumming sound, which then changes into asudden, staccato note, which is heard when thetext appears on the screen. This begins to set upthe horror, film noir genre, and makes theaudience feel uneasy.

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