Film Techniques In Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

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Michael Luke Woolley
Professor Curley
English 251
3 November 2016
Long Cinematography Essay- Psycho Producing a successful movie means getting its purpose across to the audience efficiently. More so in a suspenseful picture, camera angles are a vital technique in achieving good responses from critics and the audience. Suspenseful movies use this technique to get the viewer to anticipate something to happen, without giving away what is about to transpire. Throughout Psycho, the use of camera angles allow us to get a sense of what Marion Crane and Norman Bates are thinking, contemplating as well as undergoing. At the beginning of Psycho, the emphasis is placed on Marion Crane, and the decisions she will make to get away from her current life.
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He checks the book to see if Marion gave him the same last name then immediately goes back into the parlor. The camera watches Norman as he gets a curious look on his face as begins to move his ear closer and closer to the wall, which is adjacent to room number one, Marion’s room. When he realizes where she is in her room, he proceeds to turn 90 degrees to face a picture on the wall. Behind that picture is a hole that has a view directly into the room that Marion is staying in. For the first time in the film, Alfred Hitchcock utilizes a point-of-view shot to let the audience see exactly what Norman is seeing. To no one’s surprise, it shows Marion undressing as she prepares for a shower. The camera then goes back to showing Normans face as he comprehends what he is seeing. After thinking for a moment, the audience sees Norman look up to the direction of the house on the hill, then him rushing to the porch where he again pauses, and looks to the house. This shot allows the audience to make depictions of what Norman is thinking about, potentially a very sinister idea or …show more content…
When Marion turns on the water, the camera changes to her point of view. The audience sees the shower head with water surrounding the screen. This shot doesn’t particularly indicate that something is about to happen, but is a shot that has not been utilized in the picture, up to that point. Therefore, the audience’s attention is grasped by an uncommon scene. The next scene is what directs ones attention beyond the shower curtain. Marion is still visible but majority of the screen is focused on the shower curtain, which beyond that is the door to the room. Suddenly, one can faintly see the door open rapidly, depicting that something terrible is about to

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