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Psycho An Alfred Hitchcock Film Psycho is a film that belongs to filmmakers Hitchcock Filmed and shown to audiences worldwide during the 1960s it was said that Psychos fiction is that its world is real Rothman 251 Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho presents its audience with a running theme that consists of the opposition that exists between good and evil and addresses the element of punishment Psycho has been established as being Hitchcocks ultimate achievement in the technique of viewer participation He openly encourages his audience to become in a sense the hero or heroin within the films plot The spectator in this case will comply with within themselves all the other characters Hitchcock while being questioned about the level of violence in Psycho said that The children do not know theyre fairy tales This little boy sitting on his mothers knee wide-eyed listens with awe and he believes Hitchcock 149 These words in mind along with the visual emphasis of the films theme help to provide a clear insight into what Hitchcock attempted as a director He created emotions in an actively participating audience The question now arises how he was able to achieve and maintain through his medium of film such convincing emotional effects A better understanding can be found in the careful study of certain techniques that were used by Hitchcock within specific scenes and frames of this film Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho had such an effect because of the subjective eye of the camera the juxtaposition of film in montage and Hitchcocks ability to make his audience comfortable with his conceptions mainly in the portrayal of his characters situations as normal Hitchcock was really starting to flirt with the concept of his voyeuristic camera angles Using the cameras cropped eye in the opening scenes of this movieHitchcock pans over a city scene then hesitates In this hesitation he appears to
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