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psycho. The camera pan's into a window (like a peeping tom) and shows us a secretive relationship between two lovers (Marion Crane of them). This window signifies the secretiveness of them, and is seen as an unglamorous cheap location.

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English coursework I watched Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho to help out with research on thrillers and for my own ideas on making one. This film is a tribute to classic 1940's Noir thrillers and sound is a very dominant feature creating suspense and tension. The main character is Marion Crane, a dominant femme fatal and was filmed in black and white to add to the unglamorous and nightmare locations. The opening scene is very classic and is almost a voyeuristic experience. The camera pan's into a window (like a peeping tom) and shows us a secretive relationship between two lovers (Marion Crane of them). This window signifies the secretiveness of them, and is seen as an unglamorous cheap location. Later on we find out that Marion is a secretary. This shows us the status of women at this periodic time, and also reminds us how she wants a commitment with this man who's having an affair with her, but he obviously doesn't. This signifies that she may be feeling lower then him, and this could be important to what is going to happen in the film and what Marion is going to do. Marion is asked to take some money from an important client to the bank, we se her deciding to take the money and run away from everything she's leaving behind. ...read more.


Marion finally gets away, and comes across a motel. She gives a man (hotel worker) Norman Bates a fake name and hesitates choosing a room number. This shows she is paranoid and vulnerable to what she has been doing. There is no dialogue in the next scene; she is trying to hide her money in a appropriate place and non diegetic music plays whilst Marion's decides. In Psycho music and soundtrack is always played when we build to climaxes. When we meet Norman bates we straight away can't tell what sort of person he is, and it all seems mysterious along with the unglamorous location. Later on, we watch them having a conversation whilst eating supper. There is a shot where Norman, is made to look like he has Wings in the shot, by shadowing of objects around him. The room they are in is filled with stuffed birds, and the significance of the birds show death and paralised freedom (captured). We see birds as very delicate and fragile which also reminds the audience of how vulnerable Marion is and how she could be seen as 'bird like'. Marion's second name is Crane. This is significant because 'Crane' is a type of bird, and as the room is filled with uncomfortable stuffed birds, the audiences start to panic in what is going to happen. ...read more.


This turns into the shower almost washing her sins (blood) away into the plug hole which is very significant as the plug hole is shot slowly rotating and turns into Marion's eye. Then we see the camera shot up and out towards the money and then to the house. After this, Norman notices one of his picture frames of a bird has fallen from the wall, this shows she is dead. And the bird has finally fallen to its downfall. Once this has happened we see Norman rush into the crime scene and reacts like he is very shocked by her death. This shower sequence is a main generic feature of a thriller and is very popular. Norman wraps her in the shower curtain, which was once her barrier and is now her body bag. Norman starts cleaning frantically and looks like he knows what he is doing and has done this before. he places Marion's body into a car boot, with is again very enclosed and confined. This is a cross reference too Jackie B. Jackie Brown features a scene of a person being killed in a car boot. Then we see Norman driving a car downhill into a swamp, and we here the diegetic noise of the bubbles rippling to the surface. ...read more.

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