Psycho Essay

This essay has a total of 558 words and 3 pages.


Alfred Hitchcock is renown as a master cinematographer (and editor), notwithstanding his
overall brilliance in the craft of film. His choice of black and white film for 1960 was
regarded within the film industry as unconventional since color was perhaps at least five
years the new standard. But this worked tremendously well. After all, despite the typical
filmgoer’s dislike for black and white film, Psycho is popularly heralded among film buffs
as his finest cinematic achievement; so much so, that the man, a big name in himself, is
associated with the film, almost abovehis formidable stature. Imagining it in color,
Psycho would not appear as horrific, and maybe it would also not be, as a whole, as
unified as it now stands, nor memorable. Black and white has a quality of painting things
starkly, showing plainly truths about character, the emotional determination or mood, as
in vulnerability, and other inexplicable, purely artistic elements. Regular among his
works, Hitchcock opens the film with a hovering crane shot coasting over the setting of
Phoenix, Arizona. Even without the mysterious, chilling soundtrack, the shot itself
watched in silence evokes a timid passage into danger. In a long take it sweeps across the
cityscape to build initial curiosity in the viewer, and then surpasses a curtain-drawn
window into the presence of a hotel room’s trysting occupants. Immediately the viewer is
called into confronting his/her discretion regarding those things we are not customarily
meant to see, in such ideas as privacy and good taste. How far should the law step into a
man’s world before he is discovered with reasonable certitude for engaging in illegal
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