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Analysis of Shower Scene and Tower Scene

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Analysis of Shower Scene and Tower Scene The shower scene in Psycho and the tower scene in Vertigo vastly compare, through Alfred Hitchcock's uses of cinematography, music, lighting and the acting of the characters. All of which create effective amounts of suspense and tension within these scenes. In the shower scene, Hitchcock's use of a close-shot conveys immense terror in Marion as we as the audience can visualise the true extent of her suffering. Likewise, in vertigo, as "Madeline" runs up the tower stairs and the reality of the situation hits Johnny, the close up expression of his anxiety and fear become apparent, linking to that of Marion's. In both reaction-shots, by seeing the characters in distressing conditions, we begin to feel fear and anxiety with them and come to terms with how terrible the situation is and how much tension is in the atmosphere. ...read more.

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This connects us to the film, by forcing us to feel the tension in the scene as we connect it to happening to us as opposed to simply on a screen, thus making the tension stronger. Whilst also causing us to empathise with the characters in a negative way, by having no choice but to feel their anxiety and fear. Hitchcock's use of music in the shower scene is one of the most important additions to the tension created in that scene. The famous high pitch, discordant screeching sound played from violins is what causes the spine-chilling atmosphere in that scene and adds worry and suspense to the whole section. In the tower scene, when Johnny chases "Madeline", the music becomes fast paced, although different in sound to the psycho noise, the jittery and speediness of the music in in the fact that it too adds suspense and tension to the situation. ...read more.

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This is done particularly through the use of the constant point of view shots of Marion staring her killer in the face, and even worse having to see Marion through the eyes of the killer herself. This contrasts to vertigo, where the lighting is made extremely dark and gloomy in the tower, giving more of a sense of mystery but also panic in the sense that where they are running to is unknown. Nevertheless, both manipulations of the lighting create suspense and tension in the audience. To conclude, many parallels can be seen in the way in which Hitchcock creates suspense and tension in the shower scene and tower scene. Hitchcock uses many similar techniques such as the cinematography and music, that effectively achieve anxiety within the audience and maintain a suspenseful atmosphere. ...read more.

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