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Alfred Hitchcock is the acknowledged master of the thriller genre he was one of the first if not the first director to blended suspense humor and sex appeal to create something never viewed before on the world cinema stage.

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Alfred Hitchcock is the acknowledged master of the thriller genre he was one of the first if not the first director to blended suspense humor and sex appeal to create something never viewed before on the world cinema stage. He was known to his audience as the "Master of Suspense" and what Hitchcock mastered was not only the art of making films but also the task of taming his own rampant imagination. At the beginning of Psycho the camera swings over the rooftops and apartment blocks and seems to hesitate it then carries on to one particular block, hesitates again and then takes us through a slightly open window into a dark room with no light the effect is of random selection because the time and location are also shown the audience is aware that this has happened any time any place any where. There are numerous techniques in the film Psycho that assist Hitchcock to keep his end-user i.e. the viewer interested through out the various storylines one I deem to be important is the introduction of new boundaries. Never before on cinema screens would you have ever dreamed to imagine a semi naked figure on screen but when that's the dress status of the first two characters you see your bound to be shocked horrified even this would deficiently keep a viewer interested and poised in there seats. While this is all taking place Hitchcock takes advantage of his hopefully stunned audience and uses a series of close and long moving shots to home in on Marion. I think this would make the audience feel particularly uncomfortable because it would almost seem that they were spying on Marion and her male companion. ...read more.

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but would soon feel very strange because they would be watching through his eyes as if they were the weirdo and not Bates. Bates I think deliberately puts Marion in that room so he can watch her undress he doesn't whip out a drill and quickly drill the hole through the wall the hole is already there and concealed by a picture this suggests to the audience that he has done this before and as soon a Marion says good night and heads off to her room he goes into a familiar routine. As Bates continues to watch Marion undress at the back of the audience minds I think is the question if Bates is twisted enough to watch Marion undress what else is he capable of...rape or assault? I think it's certainly necessary to use a term as strong as rape because the peephole is infect covered by a paining of a rape if any members of the audience noticed this they may think that this is another example if dramatic irony. As Marion prepares her self to take a shower she walks from the bedroom area witch is darkly lit "dim light" into the bathroom area witch is extremely bright. This change in lighting is extremely noticeable. Because the change takes place soon after she flushes her calculations on how she is planning to pay back the money down the toilet she goes from a subdued light witch is associated with a villainish character such as a thief to a bright one it's almost as If she's redeemed herself. I think that this contributes to the viewer thinking that Marion has literally flushed her troubles away the sound of the toilet flushing I think was emphasized to act as a closure to the whole scandal. ...read more.

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Although it is Mitch's sister's birthday I don't think that Mitch had any intention of going into the bird shop if he hadn't have seen Melanie and neither would the audience. Melanie orders the love birds for Mitch without his knowledge for the next day prior to this she gets Mitch's license plates translated with help from her father's newspaper she decides to go to Mitch's apartment in Sanfansisco without any thought what so ever all she interested in is trying to get one over on him. She turns up at the apartment and is told that Mitch has gone to Bodega Bay I don't think that it's a coincidence that the place that Mitch has gone too starts with the same letter as birds. Examples of Detailed bits suspense in The Birds is where Melanie's gets hit by a seagull when crossing the bay coming back from Mitch's house. Mitch sees Melanie on the bay by using binoculars and drives like a mad man taking short cuts around the bay in hope he can get to her before she reaches the other side might there be an accident. Just as the two loves birds are about to reunite swoosh a seagull swoops down very randomly and hits Marion on the head before Melanie even has time to put her hand up to her head Mitch jumps over the various items on the pier and is immediately at her rescue. I think that this would frustrate the viewer just as there two favorite characters are about to come together some thing intervines. The audience watch on hoping that Melonie will pour her heart out to Mitch and vise versa and they will admit there clear feelings about eah other ...read more.

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