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Media Coursework: Psycho How Effectively Does Hitchcock Manipulate the Audience in ‘Psycho’? The 1960’s moviePsycho’, was undoubtedly a groundbreaking and revolutionary film. The movie was produced by Alfred Hitchcock and is often referred to as the ‘mother of the modern horror movie’ as it is the first horror movie that received so much success. Horror films are movies with a purpose to strive to elicit fear, horror and terror responses from viewers. This is why ‘Psycho fits into the Horror...

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Making of Psycho

Hitchcock and “Psycho” Sir Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. Hitchchock remains one of the most famous directors in movie history, not only because of his droll public image, but also because of the enduring appeal of so many of his films. His very name inspires fond grins from many viewers and how even some of his less famous works undeniably hold their attention. “He knew something universal...

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Abnormal Psychology in Film: Psycho

The film I chose to watch is the original Psycho, filmed in 1960 and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The stars of the cast included Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Martin Balsam. (IMDB.com, 2006) The story begins about a young woman named Marion Crane from Arizona who is fed up with her life and longs to marry her boyfriend, Sam. Unfortunately, the couple has little money and cannot marry. One Friday afternoon, she is asked to deposit forty-thousand dollars for her boss. Seeing...

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Essay on psycho

November 26th, 2013. Norman Bate’s Personality disorder It is often said we are who we chose to be and that our actions shape our personalities, but what would you do if you were no longer in control of yourself? In the movie Psycho, by Alfred Hitchcock the antagonist suffered from childhood isolation and was triggered by an oedipal complex, which caused him to become morally blinded, and develop dissociative identity disorder. The movie is about a young, motel manager named...

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Use of Birds in Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho In this literary research project, I will delve into this movie to show that Alfred Hitchcock drew many of the elements in this work from birds. (Hitchcock, Alfred Joseph. Psycho. 1960.) I picked this topic because I watched Alfred Hitchcock’s movies The Birds and Psycho when I was in high school and I was fascinated by the ideas that he presented in those films. I was fascinated at how he used birds as antagonists in The Birds. I watched Psycho after watching the...

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Psycho Movie Paper

889 1/6/12 7TH hour Psycho Critique With screeching violin music blasting rhythmically in the background, Arbogast  is slashed to death by a psychotic murderer who seemingly appears out of nowhere. The fact that this scene made me, a connoisseur of modern day horror movies,  jump, proves the fact that this 1960`s classic, Psycho  is a home-run.  Alfred Hitchcock is and should be recognized as a movie making genius with his excellent development of the horror movie Psycho, complete with great camera...

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Psycho Film Study

The Alfred Hitchcock film ‘Psycho’ is undoubtedly one of the most significant, ground breaking films of all time. It is now considered the ‘mother of all modern horror films’, and sets the base to many horror films and themes made after its release in 1960. To create such an influential movie Hitchcock used many techniques such as code and conventions, symbolism, themes, and film noir. Code and conventions are used in ways that greatly increase the effectiveness of the overall film. Close-up camera...

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Psycho and Marion

Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho utilizes some innovative editing techniques, especially for its time. Particularly, the scene where Marion Crane drives her newly purchased 1957 Ford contains many edits that help drive the story. The approximately three-minute scene is comprised of 36 shots; however, there are only two distinctive shots throughout the entire sequence. As Marion drives, her mind begins to drift as she starts thinking about how her boss and others back home may suspect her of...

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Norman Bates: the First Psycho

Although Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “Psycho” was only created in the early 1960s, his ability to express the psychological battle between good and evil in cinema makes this masterpiece one of the greatest films of all time. With very precise costume design and suspenseful sound, Hitchcock is able to show his audience how the mind can be a weapon to any man or woman who uses it with negative intention. Tim Durks of AMC FilmSite.org wrote that “Hitchcock's techniques voyeuristically implicate the...

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Character Analysis in Psycho

Professor Smith ! Intro to Film ! March 7, 2014 ! Symbolic Character Development in Psycho! ! ! The film Psycho has two main characters, one being Marion and the other being ! Norman Bates. Marion is the main character for the first half of the film and Norman Bates ! assumes the role of main character after Marion is murdered. In order to enhance Marion’s ! character, the Alfred Hitchcock uses mise-en-scene to symbolize Marion’s character change ! and indecisive choice to steal $40,000 from...

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