Welcome to another post in my Hitchcock Special series. Psycho is probably the famous amongst all of his films, so we better talk about it 😉
Marion Crane makes a spontaneous decision: she steals 40,000 $ a client had paid her boss. There’s nothing to do but going as far away as possible, so Marion gets in her car and drives. Soon she winds up at a very remote hotel. Turns out, it wasn’t the best accommodation choice…
There’s a reason why this is Hitchcock’s most famous movie. Psycho is simply brilliant.
Janet Leigh who stars as Marion is intense. Her agitation seeped through the screen and I swear I began shifting uncomfortable – just like her.
Furthermore, whenever I see this film I am impressed. You have to consider the time this movie was shot in and think about what was possible in terms of effects and cuts. I can’t help but marvel at what Hitchcock did there. Of course from today’s perspective some of that stuff seems outdated but almost 60 years ago it was revolutionary. Just think about the infamous shower scene! Just about everybody – even those who’ve never seen Psycho – are familiar with that moment of film history.
Moreover, the story seems to be quite simple at first. We follow Marion when suddenly the focus shifts onto somebody else. Psycho comes with a huge plot twist and I can only imagines how much of a shock it must have been back when the film hit cinemas for the first time.
Psycho most certainly deserve the cult status it has gained. It’s a gripping thriller and a piece of movie history. Even from today’s perspective it is a brilliant film.
Did you watch this one? Let me know if you are an Alfred Hitchcock fan!
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