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Psycho.the misse en scene used in the memory clinging shower scene is the most crucial aspect of the scene and is used to add the sinister, chilling ingredient

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Psycho Coursework Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' was and is justly one of the fare few truly unforgettable films of the twentieth century setting the foundations and giving birth to the new age of thriller suspense films of which saw Hitchcock's masterpiece as a father to the aspiring films to come. Changing film history, in this essay, you will discover the vital, hair-raising aspects to the film which left me pondering that Hitchcock's 'Psycho' was truly something dark, disturbing and shivering but in its own unique and remarkable way really something special. Firstly, the misse en scene used in the memory clinging shower scene is the most crucial aspect of the scene and is used to add the sinister, chilling ingredient to the scene to a recipe that would leave you as it's vulnerable prey and yet you wouldn't be able to take your startled eyes off the screen like a rabbit into headlights. Hitchcock uses it in 'Psycho' to set the spine-tingling scene leaving the tension cut able with a knife and an unstoppable thrill around every corner. From camera angles to the lighting, every aspect of the film had to be perfect in its each essential category to give the film it's unique spice. Secondly the camera angles used in the shower scene are, in my opinion the most important individual aspect to the piece. Firstly, the high-angle shot of Marion as she flushes the parchment down the toilet shows her metaphorically flushing away her sins and trying to flush her past life away shown as the evidence of her desperate theft as it spirals into the abyss below whilst she is still on top. ...read more.


With the dying sound of Marion in the background, the use of sounds make it seem very sudden, painful and horrific but above all, in my opinion I think the use of mixed sounds make the scene feel very disturbingly and terrifyingly real which I think is the most distressful and shivering aspect of the scene. After the attack takes place, as Marion is lying lifeless on the floor, the shower sings on playing the same role as the silent witness who saw it all but will never a word. Also the use of the drain as he blood and water gushes into it sounds somehow unsettling as you know it represents Marion's death and the life draining away which makes you feel sincerely sympathetic for Marion as you wish you could somehow help, but as helpless as she and all you can do is unwillingly watch as Marion ends her journey in life cut short and in a horrific and ghastly way. Lighting is completely crucial in the scene and is used subtly but to a great extent. It is firstly used in the scene as Marion enters the shower to put her and the audience in a false sense of security, as it is all white and no dark patches to show that it is safe and confined however it could be portrayed as a confinement and there is no way out for Marion as she enters unaware and vulnerable. ...read more.


When the killer enters the room, Hitchcock only uses on camera cut up until her pulls back the curtain, which builds up the tension, suspense and anxiety in the scene. When the killer pulls back the curtain, Hitchcock's use of many camera cuts makes the piece feel fast or sudden, although at the same time exhilarating, making your heart race and your hair raise. This is used to make the scene feel quick and exiting but at the same time terrifying which Hitchcock achieved perfectly. After the killer leaves, only few camera cuts are made, this is used to make Marion's death to seem slow, painful and grisly making the audience feel incredibly shocked, disturbed along with compassionate for Marion as she lay still, dying. The use of the camera cuts after the attack completely contradict to the cuts during the attack, this technique is used exceptionally well by Hitchcock in the scene. Hitchcock's 'Psycho' will always live on in film history and will always be a fantastic classic and possibly the best of its time and just maybe the best of ours to. The techniques in the shower scene explode with everything you could ask for in a thriller film, and has inspired me and I'm certain thousands of others. The shower scene in 'psycho' has influenced so many other films, which may not have existed if it wasn't for Hitchcock work, Alfred Hitchcock was a genius of his time and I don't think we will see someone of his calibre again for a long time. ...read more.

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