Language of Lit Film. Mods 9-10 September 26, 2014 Psycho Paper Throughout the film Psycho, we learn the themes of different characters and how it affects them. The film is an Alfred Hitchcock movie produced in the mid 1960s. Ever since this movie was made, Hitchcock was mistakenly labeled as a horror film director. It is much layered and complex that multiple viewings are necessary to capture all of its subtlety. In the film, Alfred Hitchcocks nightmarish, disturbing themes of oedipal murder, confused identities, and dark past histories are realistically revealed through repeated uses of motifs such as birds, eyes, hands, and mirrors. In the film, there are many themes which form each scene. One theme in which we learn about the double side of Norman is oedipal murder. First, Norman is a middle aged man who works at a hotel off the freeway that contains little business. For example, when Normans mother met a man, she spent a lot of time with him and Norman contained much anger towards them. He ended up killing his mother and her boyfriend due to jealousy over their relationship. For instance, today in society there are many situations where families have relationships where they dont include their children. Many people today would try to talk to their parents about the situation to change and not jump to the conclusion of murder right away. Secondly, after Norman kills his mother, he himself becomes an active killer. For example, when he meets Marion he really likes her and when they went on a date, Norman would act as both his mother and himself. He carried out a full conversation with his mother explaining that she didnt want Marion in her house and he shouldnt be making her dinner when in reality, Mrs. Bates is dead because Norman killed her. In reality, if you were that old on a date knowing you killed your mother you wouldnt take on a double role of talking and carrying out a conversation with your mother you would simply say she passed. We would go on with the date after that being said. In conclusion, we learn the double role Norman plays and his excruciating role of oedipal murder. While there are false identities and oedipal murder, there is also a theme of dark played histories. First, Norman expresses himself as a nice, outgoing man that is searching for lust but it hasnt been that easy on him. For example, Norman shows himself as a kind hearted person but doesnt explain the history of himself murdering his own mother and her boyfriend over the simple fact of him feeling left out and given no attention. For instance, we live every day differently and continue living it even if we do make mistakes. We are faced with many people each day that choose to stereotype and prejudge individuals. With us lacking knowledge of their dark past histories, we can prejudge them. Secondly, Marion shows herself off as a woman who desperately wants marriage. She gives this emotion off as if nothing is wrong and her life is full of happy moments. For example, when she is approached by the police officer for sleeping on the shoulder of the road, she jumps up and has the understanding that she isnt doing anything wrong when she knows she just stole 40,000.00 and is running off with intentions of not being caught. For instance, when we are faced with a tough situation, we often lie to get off the hook. When expressing ourselves through words and actions, we dont tend to share our dark memories and hold it in to believe everything is okay. Even though expressing our dark memories, may lead us to a brighter or dark future, we tend to hold them in to avoid pre-judging…
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Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, was born on August 13, 1899 in Leytonstone, England. His parents are Emma Jane Hitchcock and William Hitchcock. Alfred had two older brothers and a sister. At the age of five, Alfred’s father William wanted to teach Alfred a lesson about what happened to people who did bad things, William sent Alfred to the police station with a letter. After the police read and looked the note, they locked Alfred into a cell for several minutes…
The Master of Suspense
Anyone that watches a good film leaves the theater with joy and enthusiasm and they often praise the film. However, not many people take a step back and appreciate the directors that create these master pieces. Alfred Hitchcock was an innovator in the film world with unique techniques that pushed the boundaries of how people perceived films. As an English director, Hitchcock came to Hollywood and brought with him a distinctive and recognizable…
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Date of Birth
13 August 1899, Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Date of Death
29 April 1980, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA (renal failure)
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
The Master of Suspense
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Alfred Hitchcock was the son of East End greengrocer William Hitchcock and his wife Emma. Raised as a strict Catholic and attending Saint Ignatius College, a…
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Rear Window (1954) is one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s most successful and well-known films. Upon its initial release it was both a critical and commercial success and its reputation as one of the Hitchcock’s masterpieces has grown over the decades since. In a recent AFI (American Film Institute) poll, Rear Window came in at #42 on the list of the 100 greatest films ever made with three other Hitchcock films in the top 100: Psycho (#18), North by Northwest (#40) and Vertigo (#61)…
Choose a film that has a definite turning point or decisive moment. Explain what happens in this decisive moment and how it is important to the film as a whole.
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “Psycho” features a definite turning point. In the first instance the famous shower scene has a powerful and profound effect on the viewer through its content: the director’s skilful use of editing, lighting and soundtrack are unsettling and contribute substantially to the power of the scene. Moreover, through…
book, Alfred Hitchcock, the author exchanges his views on the subject of realism and how it is portrayed in Hitchcock’s films. Early in the chapter, Haeffner mentions that since the beginning of his career, Hitchcock received criticism for the lack of realism that was not portrayed in his films. The criticisms Hitchcock received regarding this subject did not matter to him. Hitchcock believed that the people who viewed his films wanted them to be credible, not just ordinary. As a director, Hitchcock…
North By Northwest. Vertigo. Psycho. Four intense, groundbreaking thrillers, released between 1954 and 1960, which both shocked and terrified audiences across the globe. Four films that redefined the thriller genre, shaping it into the riveting, emotional roller coaster we recognize today. Four films that, if not for a young, intelligent young title card designer for Paramount Pictures (London Branch), may never have been greenlit for production.
Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899, in…
t’s quite easy for someone to enjoy film. Loving film is completely different. For those who see film enjoy them, yet only those who can read film truly love it and understand it as an art form. Hitchcock is probably the most well known director of all time. There is no absolute answer to what his crowning achievement is. A lot of critics prefer “Vertigo”. Taste varies from one film lover to the other. “North by Northwest”, “Notorious”, “Vertigo”, “Rear Window”, “The Birds”, “Shadow of a Doubt”,…
How does Hitchcock explore one or two main ideas in the film, Psycho?
Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, featuring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, was created in 1960. Hitchcock uses dialogue, costumes and lighting, as well as many other film techniques to thrill the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats from the beginning of the film to the end. Hitchcock had a great ability to tell a story in a terrifying way and haunt the viewers for a long time after their experience with the film.