Two American classics

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Two American classics, one mad in 1963, the other in 1960. "Psycho" is Alfred Hitchcock's masterful blend of artistic perfection and superb casual viewing. The gift of this brilliant voyeuristic terror tale is that you do not have to be aware of the subtle Hitchcockian touches that make "Psycho" an artistic treasure. The terrifying simplicity of the story and compelling visuals are enough to jolt any viewer unaware of the malicious goings-on beyond the surface of the story. However, for those needing to delve into the underlying themes of "Psycho", it is a grandiose accomplishment to behold. Hitchcock's mischievous camera work places the viewer at the voyeur end of the action from the first shot which enters a lover's mid-afternoon tryst in a hotel room through an open window. The implicating camera later witnesses Janet Leigh's undressing through a peephole (notice that the peephole is covered by a painting of a rape) and the violent and ultra-voyeuristic shower scene which compels viewers to intently watch for any glimpse of nudity that the quick editing
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course AMERICAN S 10023 taught by Professor Oglevy during the Spring '11 term at GWU.

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