How does Hitchcock use cinematography to manipulate the emotions of his audience?

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Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, born August 13, 1899 in Leytonstone, England, was a film technician who deftly blended sex, suspense and humour, and who justly became known as "The Master of Suspense". His brilliance in film-making was envied as well as loved and his influence continues to be felt over many a filmmaker. He used intelligent plots and captivating and memorable scenes to enable his movies, still, to surprise and enchant silver screen lovers worldwide; and in doing so, inspired a new generation of film-making - revolutionising the thriller genre.

Hitchcock's most famous films include 'Vertigo' (1959), 'The Birds' and 'Psycho' (1960). 'Psycho', first screened in New York on the 16th June 1960, was an immediate box office hit, producing $15 million in its first year after being completed with an expenditure of only $800,000. Famed for its shower murder sequence and exceptional shot selection and editing, it is an exceedingly influential and impenetrable psychological thriller with a nightmarish recipe of disturbing corruptibility, confused identity and voyeurism.

Produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it shocked and amazed audiences all over the world and created a basis for such films as 'Deranged' (1974), 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (1974) and 'Silence of the Lambs' (1991). In 'Psycho', Hitchcock manipulates his audience by leading them on a twisting and turning tale creating many contrasting emotions and responses as the film plays with different themes events and techniques.

Based on a novel by Robert Bloch, 'Psycho' was Hitchcock's 42nd film and followed his Technicolor hit 'North by North-West' (1959). Robert Bloch's Novel told of a legendary, real-life killer - Edward Gein - and after Hitchcock had anonymously bought the rights to the novel, he bought as many copies of the novel as he could 'lay his hands on', so the secret of the shifting...