Shot Scene Analysis

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David De Wit, Aaron Burgers, and Darren Raih Professor Schelhaas Gen 200 - Film April 28, 2008 The Shower Scene "The Shower Scene" in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is possibly the most famous scene in film history. This scene is the first scene that anyone thinks of when they think of Psycho , which is often considered to be one of the top 10 movies of all time. The popularity of "The Shower Scene" is no fluke, it is clear that Alfred Hitchcock carefully constructed this scene shot by shot. After viewing this scene, it is easy to see why this is one of the greatest scenes in the history of film. Marion Crane is on the run away from here home in Phoenix, Arizona after having stole $40,000 from her boss. She seeks a good nights sleep at a scarcely visited Bates Motel. She is met by Norman Bates, the owner of the motel, and has dinner with him. He treats her with great care for she is the only person staying at the motel that night. After eating and talking with Norman, Marion realizes that she cannot continue to run from her boss and the police who are searching for the stolen money. Instead she knows that she must turn herself in and return the money. After deciding to do the right thing, she decides to take a shower, this serves as a symbolic way to show her washing herself clean of the situation. At this point we, the audience, are ready for the plot to continue with our protagonist, Marion Crane, but Hitchcock has got something else in mind for us. This scene begins when Marion walks into the bathroom, and it ends with the extreme close-up
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of her eye. The clip is roughly 3 minutes in length and contains 56 different shots. Shot 1: Medium Low Angle shot of Marion walking to the bathroom. . This shot is taken from the money's POV, the stolen money is sitting on the night stand which is roughly located about where the camera is. The night stand is also about thigh height which is about the angle of the camera. It is from this angle because she is throwing away paper that is estimating how much of the $40,000 she spent and how much she is going to have to pay back out of her own pocket. Shot 2: Low Angle Close-Up shot. We see Marion throwing her pieces of paper into the toilet and flushing them away. This is the first ever toilet shown flushing in film. Shot 3: Marion puts the seat down, closes the door, and takes off her bathrobe. Medium shot with panning back and forth. It is as though we are standing in the corner without her knowing that we are there. Shot 4:
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