Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho Has Paved The Way As One Of

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Alfred Hitchcock?s Psycho has paved the way as one of the most influential films of its time. Hitchcock?s artistry in his lighting, objective/subjective camera shots, and camera angles allows us to enjoy the voyeuristic point of views of the characters in Psycho. Through specific scenes I will show the sequence of shots that shows the voyeurism in Psycho.The opening shot begins by shooting across many skyscraper buildings and at random chooses to go down and infiltrate into a window in a hotel building. There, the camera pauses at the half-open window that has the blind slightly open, leaving an orifice for us to voyeuristically intrude into the dreary room. As the camera takes a moment to adjust to the dark interior of the room we see a bedroom with a semi-nude couple. We see a beautiful woman (Marion Crane), wearing only a white bra and slip and reclining back on a bed, and is with her shirtless lover (Sam Loomis) who stands over her. In the background we see a bathroom, which is the first of three, which basically emphasizes the shower scene. We watch Sam and Marion kiss and caress each other still showing us voyeurism.In a different scene we see Marion have moment of weakness and impulse, she has been tempted to bring the money home to her small bedroom instead of to the bank. Again we see Marion half naked wearing only a black bra and slip. Marion continually and in trepidation eyes the money in a envelope lying on the bed The camera zooms in and cuts back and forth to the envelope more than once. Next to it is her packed suitcase, ready for a trip. Behind her we see her bathroom with the showerhead predominantly noticeable.In the scene where Marion is startled by the cop we see some more specific camera shots that show the voyeuristic features of Psycho. When the cop asks to check her driver's license the camera shot is from a low camera angle facing back from the passenger's seat, she turns her back to him and goes into her purse while the officer is leaning on the window behind her and watching her. Marion removes the envelope from her purse and nervously places the money between her...

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