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The Analysis Of The Film 'psycho' By Alfred Hitchcock

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The Analysis of the Film 'Psycho' by Alfred Hitchcock

Write a magazine article in which you discuss Psycho’s Enduring appeal
as one of the great films of cinema. Discuss some specific techniques
used by Hitchcock which create tension and suspense for the audience.

With lower budgets, very basic special effects and black and white
picture, Alfred Hitchcock’s psycho still manages to grind out the
suspense to compete with today’s blockbuster hits. With some of the
most memorable scenes in cinema history, it makes you wonder, will
this unique psychological thriller ever die out? The film cost one
million dollars to make, and amazingly made over fifteen times that
value within just one year of its release and with one million pounds
being so much back in 1960, Psycho was an outstanding hit and an
incredible achievement for British director Alfred Hitchcock. There is
no doubt that Hitchcock’s directory used the such basic equipment and
limited special effects to their full tension creating potential. Even
today when we have the choice of many up to date pragmatic movies to
choose from at the local film rental shop, Psycho still remains a
popular choice on the shelf. It is also a favourite for media courses
as it is packed with clever directory techniques, twists and memorable
scenes to comment on. Psycho is a prime example that a classic never

Psycho’s uniqueness and popularity is mostly down to the number of
genres it represents. This creates a vast target market of viewers to
enjoy this visual masterpiece. The film opens with a sexual frisson
where a couple appear to have secretly just had some kind of sexual
action in the middle of the day. This was a first back in 1960 as the
censorship rules far stricter on nudity. The main character ‘Marion’
then is seen stealing $40,000 from her work place, from here on the
whole sexual frisson comes to an end and a cops and robber’s crime
scene kicks off. It just so happens that the motel Marion chooses to
stay at just happens to be owned by a psychopathic killer and
therefore the horror movie genre over takes the cops and robbers
genre. The murders that motel owner ‘Norman Bates’ commits are found
out In the style of a detective movie and has the classic Scooby Doo
ending to it where the murderer happens to be the owner of the place.
It is therefore difficult to put Psycho into one genre but what you
can say is, it has something for everyone in it which I believe is one
of the secrets of its success.

Successful films must always contain some key features and Psycho
manages to contain them all. The plot of the story makes it gripping
throughout. The plot is packed with twists, turns and excitement with
the odd shock and surprise whilst there are always some red herrings
in the story to mislead you. Hitchcock makes us assume things...

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