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Psycho

  • Date Submitted: 03/27/2010 01:06 PM
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Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho has been described as the most astounding, audacious and successful horror film ever made. And its director Alfred Hitchcock has been called the master of suspense. In this essay I will talk about Alfred Hitchcock and how he employed so many different motifs and exiting new techniques into his masterpiece Psycho.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on the Thirteenth of August in Eighteen Ninety Nine in Leytonstone, London, England. His family was mostly Roman Catholic, with his mother and grandmother being from an Irish background. Hitchcock was forced to attend Jesuit Classic School St Ignatius College in London. He often described his childhood as being a very lonely and sheltered one because of his obesity. Hitchcock's mother would often make him address her while standing at the end of her bed, especially if he behaved in a bad manor. She would force him to stand there for hours on end sometimes for nothing. He used these experiences to portray Norman Bates in this movie. After a successful career in England in silent films and early talk films, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In Nineteen Fifty Six he became an American citizen. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career across six decades. He is often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker of all time. Hitchcock did far more than any director to shape modern cinema which would be entirely different without his post modernistic ways.   His talent was for narrative structure he meanly held crucial information from his characters and from us. Therefore engaging the emotions of the audience like no other director had done before him.
Psycho is set in 1960 America. The story begins when a woman called Marion Crane who is in need of money to marry her boy friend. She steals forty thousand dollars and flees to Phoenix Arizona by car. When a heavy storm strikes she decides to spend the night In the Bates Motel. The motel is run by a strange calculated man called...

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