History Film / Psycho

16th Jan '16 2:32:46 PM Anddrix
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* ViewersAreMorons: Surely the only explanation for the psychiatrist scene. ** Creator/RogerEbert criticized that scene in his 1998 review of the film, saying it "marred the ending of a masterpiece" and was "an anticlimax taken almost to the point of parody." Hitchcock, having made ''Psycho'' before villains as psychologically screwed up as Norman Bates were commonplace, may have believed that the audience would be unable to accept his behavior unless the motives were spelled out in explicit detail. Knowing that doesn't make the nearly-five-minute speech any easier to sit through, though. *** Knowing Hitchcock's usual methods of audience manipulation, he was probably invoking this ''on purpose'', to make the smarter members of the audience uncomfortable with the idea that this pat explanation is all that's necessary to understand Norman.
22nd Nov '15 12:25:35 PM DrOO7
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* PsychoticSmirk: ''Marion'' displays this, while driving along and imagining the reactions of everyone as they realize that she's fled with the money, particularly Mr. Cassidy. ** [[spoiler: Norman has a slight one at the very end]]
19th Nov '15 7:15:38 AM TywinLannister
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* AntagonistTitle: Norman Bates is the psycho, not the woman he murders in the shower (Marion Crane). Averted by the sequels, where Bates becomes a straight VillainProtagonist.
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* AntagonistTitle: Norman Bates is the psycho, not the woman he murders in the shower (Marion Crane). Averted by the sequels, where Bates becomes a straight VillainProtagonist.AntiHero or AntiVillain depending on the film.
25th Oct '15 12:05:00 AM TywinLannister
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* ClassicalAntiHero: Norman in the Second Film. While he does want to preform a HeelFaceTurn and has good intentions in general, his mental problems, [[spoiler: enemies who want to Gaslight him]] and a [[JackTheRipoff Copycat Killer]] prevent him from succeeding.

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* DiscOneFinalBoss: Think [[PrivateDetective Arbogast]] will be the one to crack the case and expose Norman and his mother? [[spoiler: ''wrong''.]]
25th Oct '15 12:00:25 AM TywinLannister
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* AntiHero: Marion steals $40,000, [[KickTheSonOfABitch but the man she steals from isn't the nicest fellow.]] Norman in ''II'' (HeroInNameOnly) as he has to deal with a couple of rabble rousers trying to {{Gaslight|ing}} him back into a mental hospital, to say nothing of the copycat killer that waited until the right moment--his release--to strike. In ''IV'' Norman is a mix between ClassicalAntiHero and [[UnscrupulousHero Vicious Anti-Hero]]) as he has worse problems than a mommy complex to deal with--namely, fears that his coming [[AdultFear firstborn could inherit his chronic insanity]], [[spoiler:and his eventual incineration of the house that had given him such bad memories they eroded at his sanity BIG TIME]].
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* AntiHero: Marion steals $40,000, [[KickTheSonOfABitch but the man she steals from isn't the nicest fellow.]] Norman in ''II'' (HeroInNameOnly) (ClassicalAntiHero) as he has to deal with a couple of rabble rousers trying to {{Gaslight|ing}} him back into a mental hospital, to say nothing of the copycat killer that waited until the right moment--his release--to strike.strike, though he does want to preform a HeelFaceTurn, he lacks the strength of an IdealHero to do so. In ''IV'' Norman is a mix between ClassicalAntiHero and [[UnscrupulousHero Vicious Anti-Hero]]) as he has worse problems than a mommy complex to deal with--namely, fears that his coming [[AdultFear firstborn could inherit his chronic insanity]], [[spoiler:and his eventual incineration of the house that had given him such bad memories they eroded at his sanity BIG TIME]].
17th Oct '15 6:18:45 PM Mdumas43073
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* AnimalMotifs: Specifically, bird motifs: the stuffed birds in the parlor and bird pictures on the walls, Norman compares himself and Marion to caged birds and notes that she "eat(s) like a bird", Marion's surname is Crane and her robbery takes place in Phoenix, Norman eats candy corn in a birdlike manner. Even the trademark PsychoStrings (see below) are reminiscent of a bird's shrieks.
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* AnimalMotifs: Specifically, bird motifs: the stuffed birds in the parlor and bird pictures on the walls, Norman compares himself and Marion to caged birds and notes that she "eat(s) like eats "like a bird", Marion's surname is Crane and her robbery takes place in Phoenix, Norman eats candy corn in a birdlike manner. Even the trademark PsychoStrings (see below) are reminiscent of a bird's shrieks.
8th Oct '15 4:49:45 PM pwiegle
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** Towards the end of the shower scene, when Marion reaches out and grabs the shower curtain, the naked breasts of body double Marli Renfro are visible in the background out of focus. (Picture [[http://www.hitchcockwiki.com/blog/?p=274 here]], possibly NSFW).
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** Towards the end of the shower scene, when Marion reaches out and grabs the shower curtain, the naked breasts of body double Marli Renfro are visible in the background out of focus. (Picture [[http://www.hitchcockwiki.com/blog/?p=274 [[http://the.hitchcock.zone/files/gallery/org/7540.jpg here]], possibly NSFW).
18th Sep '15 11:39:49 PM Mdumas43073
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Twist #1: As Marion has a shower in her hotel room, a dimly-glimpsed knife-wielding maniac suddenly appears and stabs her to death in the film's most famous and oft-parodied scene.
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Twist #1: As Marion has a shower in her hotel motel room, a dimly-glimpsed knife-wielding maniac suddenly appears and stabs her to death in the film's most famous and oft-parodied scene.
18th Sep '15 11:38:52 PM Mdumas43073
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''Psycho'' begins as a FilmNoir crime thriller: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) steals a large amount of cash from her employer and sets out for California, where she plans to hook up with her lover and start a new life. She stops for the night at the out-of-the-way Bates Motel, run by nervous MommasBoy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who lives with his domineering mother in an ominous-looking Victorian house behind the hotel.
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''Psycho'' begins as a FilmNoir crime thriller: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) steals a large amount of cash from her employer and sets out for California, where she plans to hook up with her lover and start a new life. She stops for the night at the out-of-the-way Bates Motel, run by nervous MommasBoy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who lives with his domineering mother in an ominous-looking ominous Victorian house behind the hotel. motel.
18th Sep '15 11:38:31 PM Mdumas43073
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''Psycho'' begins as a FilmNoir crime thriller: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) steals a large amount of cash from her employer and sets out for California, where she plans to hook up with her lover and start a new life. She stops for the night at the out-of-the-way Bates Motel, run by nervous MommasBoy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who lives with his domineering mother in a house behind the hotel.
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''Psycho'' begins as a FilmNoir crime thriller: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) steals a large amount of cash from her employer and sets out for California, where she plans to hook up with her lover and start a new life. She stops for the night at the out-of-the-way Bates Motel, run by nervous MommasBoy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who lives with his domineering mother in a an ominous-looking Victorian house behind the hotel.
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