Alfred Hitchcocks is a “Psycho”

In the beginning of the murder scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “Psycho”, the camera frame is mostly shot as a widened-out view of the women. The camera follows the women as she moves to the bathroom and begins to take a shower. The way this shot is filmed is done to show everything she does. This also allows the viewers to focus all on her. The viewer has a relaxed, but interested feeling during this part of the scene. The camera frame begins to change as the murderer enters the scene. At this point the frame begins to be more zoomed-in, switching between the attacker and the women, to show only the information that the director wants the viewer to obtain. The attacker’s face is not shown in this scene, but instead is represented as a shadowed outline of a person. This type of shooting while going back and forth between the two excites the viewer. To conclude the scene, the director uses close up shots of the shower curtain being pulled down to represent the moment the women falls and is completely dead from her stab wounds. The scene ends dramatically with a slow zoom-in to the dark drain hole and then a zoom-out of the women’s eye. Only then does the director show the life-less women’s body. This sequence of events and the way the film is shot causes suspense and toys with the viewer’s emotions.

 

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