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Psycho.The main idea that Hitchcock wanted is to make the viewer have an emotional response to the film.

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Psycho The main idea that Hitchcock wanted is to make the viewer have an emotional response to the film. The most important thing he did was to stop people entering once the film had started, " This picture you must see from the beginning or not at all, for no-one will be seated after the start of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest shocker "Psycho." Usually in 1960 a movie would be on a continuous loop and the public would be allowed to enter and exit the cinema when they desired, Hitchcock didn't want this because suspense would be lost and it would allow the viewer to relax. I also think he wanted people to be so transfixed on the film that they would forget about reality. To help advertise Psycho Hitchcock released a trailer that contained a short preview of some of the taboo ideas that were expressed in the film. The trailer was one of the first in the world and it managed to attract audiences that would not have heard about Psycho. Hitchcock engineered the experience of Psycho to try and make the audience have an emotional response by using taboo themes. This film not only changed the cinema going experience forever it also challenged and broke cultural taboos and censors of the day at a time when social attitudes were shifting. ...read more.

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I think when she is staring at you she is penetrating the audience making them feel guilty about no-one coming and rescuing her, Hitchcock did this to make the audience become more involved and to make us relate with the character. Also when it shows the money at the end Hitchcock is trying to get the audience confused by making the audience ask questions about something that has no relevance later on in the film just after they had watched the shower scene. Finally it ends with the water disappearing down the plughole. I think this is a metaphor where the water represents Marion's life and the plughole is the border between life and death, This scene conveys Marion is dying and is repetition of other euphemisms. The clever, monochrome film is made more effective by Bernard Herrmann's soundtrack especially during the shower scene, which is probably is one of the most recognisable scores in a film. First played under the frantic credits (by Saul Bass) - shown with abstract, grey horizontal and vertical lines that streak back and forth, violently splitting apart the screens and causing them to disappear. I think that the lines are trying to represent slashes of a knife and the music repeats it, also the music is showing what is going on in the film When Psycho was created Hitchcock wanted us to have an emotional response, he wanted us to immerse ourselves into developments that we had no control over. ...read more.

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But halfway through he also is killed so, Hitchcock does this to make you feel different emotions and to confuse you. The film ends with Norman sitting in a police cell and his mind has been completely taken over by "mother". It then gives you a short insight into the mind of a killer which gives the audience a sense of unease and explains some of Norman's revelations. Psycho is one of the best films of all time, not only did it use ground breaking technology and editing, it set a precedence for the future with its first person camera angles and its ability to create an emotional response from the audience. It also single-handedly ushered in an era of superb screen horrors with over excessive blood use and low budgets like Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It changed many censorship laws and challenged many taboo themes such as confused identities, voyeurism, victimisation, Oedipal Complex, transvestism, implied incest, and hints of necrophilia. Psycho is so complex and confusing that multiple viewings are necessary to capture all of its subtlety. Symbolic imagery involving bed-side tables and reflecting mirrors are ever-present. The biggest credit to Psycho is Hitchcock's ability to create horror and suspense in the minds of the audience. Josh Mills 10X ...read more.

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