Psycho*

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Psycho*

  • 1960 ----- b & w ----- 103 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam) With a budget of just $800,000 and a shooting schedule of a little over one month, Alfred Hitchcock changed the way the world looked at film. In an interview with Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock said that "it was rather exciting to use the camera to deceive the audiences--The game with the audience was fascinating. I was directing the viewers. You might say I was playing them like an organ--I didn't start off to make an important movie. I thought I could have fun with this subject and this situation--My main satisfaction is that the film had an effect on the audience--I feel it's tremendously satisfying for us to be able to use the cinematic art to achieve something of mass emotion. And with Psycho we most definitely achieved this. It wasn't a message that stirred the audiences, nor was it a great performance or their enjoyment of the novel. They were aroused by pure film. That's why I take pride in the fact that Psycho, more than any of my other pictures, is a film that belongs to filmmakers." (Funded by the Bridge Program, Undergraduate Academic Affairs) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Death and Dying, Family Life, Literature: American, Mental Illness, Motion Pictures: Features, Psychiatry)