Psycho online reading notes

The composition of the sequence in the parlor shifts

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The composition of the sequence in the parlor shifts dramatically when Marion brings up Norman talking to mother, with Hitchcock focusing in on Norman with the white owl above his head, reflecting a state of mind, a state of being, a half boy, half mother under assault, who will soon attack Marion. When Marion suggest mother be moved “someplace”, Norman invades her screen space, the first sensation that he may be a threat. The most chilling words in the film; “well a boy's best friend is his mother.” The moving camera in this film allows the viewer to be guided directly into intriguing places , or show what the dead eye cannot see. The eye is a consistent metaphor, as Norman's gazing eye at Marion entering the shower contrasts the final image of Marion's dead eye that fades from the drain. The stabbing of Marion is act of visual frenzy, of vicious, unmotivated destruction that attains its effect by using form to imitate the act. In a unrelenting collision of images, the rapid cinematic cuts come to represent the rapid cuts to the body and to the sensibility of the viewer.
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  • Fall '10
  • WALTERKORTE
  • English-language films, Alfred Hitchcock, Marion, Psycho Online Reading, notable doubling sequence, literal dead end

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