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“Hitchcock Discusses Psycho.” YouTube. YouTube, 07 Oct. 2008. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.


In this YouTube video Alfred Hitchcock is discussing the movie Psycho.  He is going into detail on how he filmed the movie as well as the music he chose for the scenes.  We found this to be very useful because Hitchcock is obviously very well known as a director and getting his insight on the decisions he was making for this movie gave us a better idea of what was going on.

“The Making of the Shower Scene in Psycho.” YouTube. YouTube, 13 Sept. 2010. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.


In this YouTube video Janet Leigh talks about the shower scene.  She discusses how it took them a full week to fill this scene which was half of the time she was even on set: two weeks.  They talk about the camera angles and the cutting of the camera in order to make the audience feel as if they were also being stabbed to make the scene as life like as possible.

“Analysis of the Hitchcock Style: MARTIN SCORSESE on PSYCHO (‘The Cut Becomes a Weapon’)” YouTube. Web. 27 Oct 2013. Published on Jul 10, 2013


This is a short interview with Martin Scorsese a highly regarded director, explaining the power of the scenes shot by Hitchcock. In this interview Scorsese breaks down the scene where Norman is being interrogated by the private investigator and how it is filmed, and how the specific cuts of the scene become a “weapon”. Scorsese goes on to explain how he admired these cuts so much has used these cuts in his own work.

“Trivia.” IMDb., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.


After doing research it was made clear that Anthony Perkins, Norman Bates, was not the actor who did the stabbing in the shower scene.  It was a stand in who was not quite the same body type and Alfred Hitchcock was afraid people might notice.  However, most of the research led to people saying Perkins was working on a Broadway play when the scene was filmed.  However, this gives a direct quote from Perkins as to why Hitchcock intentionally chose to use the double over Perkins.

Leigh, Janet. Psycho. New York: Harmony Books, 1995. Print.

In this book we got from the school library it gives a behind the scenes look at the whole movie. It was written by Janet Leigh who was Marion Crane in the famous shower scene.  It discusses what Hitchcock did to make the scenes happen the way he wanted.  It talks about how the production costs were attempted to be kept down.  How Janet Leigh was paid only $10,000 less than Anthony Perkins because Hitchcock did not want a recognized star in the movie with the exception of Leigh.  It does not talk about the movie itself as much as the making of the movie.  It gives a very different perspective than the other articles we found online.

Kendrick, James. “Disturbing New Pathways: Psycho And The Priming Of The Audience.” Journal Of Popular Film & Television 38.1 (2010): 2-9. Academic Search Premier. Web. 22 Oct. 2013.

In this article, James Kendrick explores how the movie, Psycho effected audiences by researching how classic Hollywood films targeted specific people. Kendrick analyzes how Psycho’s defiance of classical normals paved the way for future films in relation to narrative structure and audience response (Kendrick, 3). Beginning in 1960, Hitchcock’s films, especially Psycho opened a new kind of film for viewers that involved excitement and terror. According to a source, “audiences took pleasure in losing the kind of control they had been trained to enjoy in classical narrative cinema” (Kendrick, 3). This response from the viewers of Psycho distorted the views of social norms and offered a new kind of cinema. Because of the effect that Psycho had on audiences, it became the most written about and analyzed film in American culture. This emotion was exactly what Hitchcock wanted to achieve in his films and through the film narrative, he was able to create a new pathway of film. (Sarah Antonuccio)

“Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO and ‘The Art of Pure Cinema.’” The Australian Teachers of Media Inc. EBSCO. Web. 2009.

This is the image of the nail-biting scene in the Hitchcock’s Psycho. Many film critics have studied and analyzed this image and have argued that it is one of the most famous cinematic images in history. This image shows the sudden attack on the murder of the female character by also incorporating loud violin and screeching sounds in the background. The shrieks of this scene have paved a way through American film culture and viewers will forever remember the sound from this scene. Hitchcock’s main goal was to terrify; and this image does exactly that.

Wael, Khairy. “Hitchcock’s Symphony:”Psycho” a shot-by-shot commentary.” The Cinephile Fix. N.p., 06 17 2010. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.

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This image is the break down of the shower scene in which Marion is brutally murdered. I chose this image because it shows the storyboard Hitchcock had created in his head and how he mastered the creation and filming of this scene. Although we never see the knife physically stab Marion as an audience we are convinced that we do because of the cut of the shots, the musical score, horrific screams and stabbing noises, and the hand motions.


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