Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Psycho – Shower scene study
This scene starts with Marion crane, corroding a glossy robe. She is seated at the desk in her hotel room with pencil, paper and a bankbook. She is calculating the amount of stolen capital she spent and must replace. She tears up the sheet of paper and is to the highest degree to toss it into the wastebasket, solely thinks better of it and takes it to the bathroom where she flushes it ingest the toilet. (I think this symbolises that she thinks she put forward just flush past her worries like she flushes away the piece of paper) She and so closes the door, removes her robe, and steps into the bathtub. She draws the shower pall closed and unwraps a bar of soap.She turns on the shower. You can see the joy in genus Gruss eyes as the embody of water runs by her hair and down her body, this symbolises Crane is washing all her fault away. The guilt is both from the money she stole and her affair with Sam, her lover.As she is showering, through the translucent shower curtain we see the door open. This starts the build up of suspense. A shadow slowly approaches, adding further to the suspense, Crane is facing away from the assailant. Crane is ironically ignorant of the imminent danger approaching her. The assaulter pa go fors for 6 10 seconds before swiftly throwing open the shower curtain. At this moment high pitched music played by violins starts to play.The television photographic camera zooms to a close up shot of the attackers flavour, the attacker is in the shadow, tho her (attacker) figure, hair and eyes can be seen. The eyes look vengeful. The camera thusly switches to a close up shot of Cranes let loose face, the camera then moves to an extreme close up of Cranes wide openscreaming mouth. This shows the terror and fright installed on Crane by the attacker.The attacker then brings her knife backwards and lunges at Crane with the knife, the attacker only uses her arm, the residuum of her body stays as solid as a rock. This shows the attac ker is very calm. The attacker and Crane are contrapuntal. The attacker lunges with the knife once again, but Crane squirms attempting to dodge the knife. Crane flails her arms defencelessly her face is contorted with fear as the attacker stabs faster. Whilst Crane is trying to force the knife away from her body, she is slip on the wet floor of the bathtub. Crane tries to cover her breasts from the attacker with one arm whilst attempting to ward off the blows with the other, this is when the diegetic large(p) of the knife stabbing Crane starts.Marion loses her strength, the attackers blows strike unguarded.Crane continues to writhe in pain, as the knife starts to make contact with her skin. Crane face is knotted due to the pain. She grimaces as the knife stabs faster and harder. The knife is now seen creation thrust at Cranes stomach. Her face crumples once again. The knife is now seen beingness lunged at Cranes ribs. Crane screams as the knife makes contact. Crane is then se en slipping in her own blood I think this ands hysteria and mockery to the scene. Her feet move rapidly and nervously, Crane subsequently turns away from the attacker this suggests Crane is desperate to get away from her. The attacker stabs crane in the back, bringing back the cruel reality, she cannot escape. The camera switches to Cranes feet where once again she is slipping in her blood. The camera then switches to a close up shot of Cranes mass grabbing at the wall. As the attacker leaves the room the audience notice she is wearing a dressing gown and slippers, she has her hair in a blind drunk bun. The shrieking violin music stops, indicating the murder is over, the music changes to ominous mystifying representing Crane is dying.Cranes founder slowly slides down the wall as the fingertips push against the weight of Cranes own body. Crane is dying, she doesnt have the strength to use her leave anymore, it falls mannerless to the bottom of the bathtub. Crane then turns a round and rests her body on the ceramic tiles. Cranes face is as solemn as a morgue her body left with little life slowly slides down the wall. Cranes expression is constant. Every few seconds her flesh desperately clings to the wet tiles but once again the body weight pulls her down. This makes the audience feel clemency for Crane. Nothing can support Cranes body, Crane gulps like a slant out of water, she knows the end is near. Crane gathers all her strength and reaches out touse the shower curtain to pull herself up. A close up of cranes hand clasping on to the shower curtain is shown. Her final attempt fails the shower curtain is pops of the shower rail hooks. Cranes naked wounded body falls forward, sprawled half(a) over the bathtub half over the bathroom floor. The ominous recondite stops, all the audience can hear is the diegetic sound of the shower. The camera moves for a close up of the shower still flowing. I think this symbolises that life moves on, the world has not changed apart from her absence.The next shot is of blood from Cranes clay running down the bathtub. The camera would follow the blood down the spill but an extreme close up of Cranes eye stops us. This reminds us of the murder which has taken place. The camera zooms out showing the in all of Cranes cold, take aback face pressed against the bathroom floor. Water runs from cranes hair past her eyes, it seems from the audiences survey that Crane is crying. Cranes face is as motionless as a photograph. A brief shot of the shower follows. The camera moves from the bathroom to Cranes bedroom at the Bates Motel the camera then zooms for a close up shot of the publisher where Crane hid the money that she stole.Hitchcock is reminding us of the reason for Cranes death. If Crane hadnt stolen the money she would be at home probably in bed. If Crane had not been kill she would have returned home the next day with the money she stole and a good excuse. Her life would have probably sorted i tself out. This reflects on the whole shower scene as a whole. The trauma, hysteria and reality caused by the how incessantlyt. The shower scene gives psychological fear to the audience, they can relate to the shower scene because the audience have showers. Crane was an nondescript person with an ordinary job. This is why this scene is celebrated as a masterpiece in modern times. I was hesitant to pull the shower curtain close after I watched the scene I imagine the fear was even greater in the 1960 s because no film like this had ever been made. It was the first true horror movie.