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Being the propsset designer for the parlor scene in Psycho was a very intriguing task Originally boring old Hitchcock wanted to put some stuffed birds in the Normans parlor but lucky for me and the film he was sick that day I liked the idea of Bates being a taxidermist in his spare time but I wanted to elaborate on that idea a bit more Instead of putting just birds in the parlor I decided to put pictures of embalmed bodies on the wall stuffed ape heads along with some feministic interior decorations The reason for the photos of embalmed bodies is to give not only Marion a creepy feeling of what Norman is all about but also the audience We learn later in the film that he has embalmed his mother in the house so I thought that some pictures of acts such as this would be appropriate especially for foreshadowing The stuffed ape heads is my favorite idea of mine over Hitchcocks dumb birds idea because an ape head looks very similar to a human head Again this would give the scene a very creepy feeling and offer to the audience that Norman Bates is not your average Joe Anyone who would participate or maybe practice stuffing heads of apes that look similar to a human head shows to the audience that they are unusual and seem to enjoy to preserve creatures or mothers for that matter Overall to make the scene much more interesting I decorated the room with flowered wall paper baskets filled with potpourri and other little womanish things such as flowers and antique plates and spoons Ultimately Bates put these things in the parlor while he was in his mothers state of mind but the important thing is is that the audience does not know he has two personalities and therefore would wonder why this man has stuffed ape heads pictures of embalmed dead bodies that are curiously surrounded
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