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Film Analysis Of Psycho

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Film Analysis of Psycho

PSYCHO is a unique film because it is a black and white film in the
age of colour. Secondly it showed the first naked body on screen. Also
it showed the first ever toilet flush. It is a dark disturbing tale as
we do not know who the murderer is and what motive they have to murder
Marion and inspector Aborgast. It took only three weeks to make and
only cost $850,000 to make. It may not compare with modern day S.F.X
film but it is a worthy film when you consider the cinematography
used. Some great cinematography techniques used in the film are; the
rapid jump cuts in the shower scene, and extreme close-ups in moments
when action is taking place. The two scenes we will be analyzing and
interpreting in detail are;

*The shower scene
*Aborgasts' death

Prior to the shower scene the audience has seen Norman the motel
manager reading Marion’s signature, smiling he walks into the motels
lounge. Whilst in there he lifts a framed picture off the wall, this
reveals a small peephole, this provide a perfect view into Marion’s
bathroom, whilst she is getting undressed and preparing for a shower.
He then replaces the picture and with a stern expression he strides up
to his ‘mysterious’ looking house. This gives the audience the
impression that he is up to something devious or criminal.

The mise en scene of the bathroom is important for the setting of the
scene because every item in the bathroom was clean and sparkling
white. The sparkling white colour scheme represents cleanliness,
purity and innocence. The bathroom is very similar to most bathrooms.
This decision was made so that the audience doesn’t notice anything
out of the ordinary; otherwise the viewers may become suspicious. The
key lighting techniques used are ‘front’ and ‘top’ lighting, these
lighting techniques were used because they amplify the cleanliness of
the bathroom.

We, as the audience, experience Marion’s relief as she has a shower
and symbolically washes away her sins. The unwrapping of the soap
depicts the tranquillity of the scene. Whilst unwrapping the soap,
Marion gives the impression that the soap will help cleanse her soul
and begin to wash away her sins. The shower is powerful, which it
needs to be to cleanse her of her sins. There are many close ups of
Marion’s face, in everyone of these extreme close ups she is joyous,
free and (wet) blissful.

Her peace and our calm are soon disturbed as the ‘silhouetted’ figure
appears in the background. We, as the audience, fear for Marion’s
safety before she is even aware of the danger she is in, because the
non-diegetic sounds suggest that her life will soon be endangered. For
example the violins play jumpy, erratic music. This gives the
impression that an important event will soon occur....

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