A paper written on Alfred Hitchcock's psycho

Essay by adina42080College, UndergraduateA+, June 2006

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Whenever I would hear about Alfred Hitchcock, I would always listen to people say what a geniuses he was. That his style of filmmaking was different from anyone else, I really had no clue what they were talking about. I used to watch his half hour TV. shows on Nick at Nite when I was a kid, and I don't even remember them so well. When we watched Vertigo in class I got my first real taste of this director's work. I t was a really good movie. It defiantly held my interest. But class was just starting, and other then it just being a good story, I didn't appreciate what made him such an innovative director.

Psycho was the first movie I watched on my own, looking for certain areas of the film to make it stand out from other movie's I have seen before. My sister and I rented it, bought some candy and popped it in the DVD player.

I already knew the basic story. A guy has a motel, and a woman gets killed in a shower, if I was not in this film class that is what I would have seen. Since I have been learning what to look for in a movie I saw so much more, and can better understand why so many people say Hitchcock was so ahead of his time.

Tension is what I felt from the movie, from the second it started. The music makes me feel this way. It gives me the feeling of fingernails scratching on a chalkboard. Also in the opening credits all you so is straight stark horizontal lines going in and out. In the opening scene it is one of romance, and yet very drastic colors. Nothing is soft or rounded. The background is...