A Magnum Opus, a Cult, a movie of epic proportion, a brilliant visual production of a crime fiction; whatever one says about the film, it lacks a definite taste to describe the actual weight of the movie’s brilliance and artistic importance.
The inexorable forces of past sins and mistakes crush hopes for regeneration and present happiness.
Psycho (1960) is Alfred Hitchcock’sown blood and soul. Despite being one of those rare movies produced in B&W during a commercially flourishing Technicolor film era, it managed to capture audiences’ attention through its subtle simple colored portraits. It doesn’t require any other color but black and white to tell the story of Norman Bates. It, undeniably, can be called a masterpiece, a gem of the greater American film industry.
The major themes of Psycho, as usual in Hitchcock’s any other film, are; Love, SEX, betrayal, crime, murder and psychologically ill villains. A batter of neo-noir mashed with Suspense and Thriller, the movie’s a visual concoction of prevailing crime of contemporary american society and consumerist lifestyles.
A simple Thriller drama comprising of yet simpler elements of an everyday film; a gorgeous woman (Starlet), psychologically ill or depressed villains, intense background score, police investigation and unique crimes, takes your breath away with its perfectly timed sequences and well-woven plots.
With common substances as of other Hitchcock-ian crafts, Psycho did prove a controversial film of its time, however, it did manage to grab audiences attention and critics’ praise over the time, and secured a Cult status. Impressive use of arts, fabulous acting by Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates) and greater direction of Alfred Hitchcock puts this movie in the top of the list of Best Suspense-Thriller/Drama movies ever made.
(Psycho through Screenshots)
~Different Shades of Norman Bates’ (The Anti-hero) Character~
Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins) is the Anti-hero of the movie ‘Psycho’. Anti-hero in a sense, Norman is suffering from Disassociated Identity Disorder and he generally lives a two different life. Whatever he does or speak greatly differs along the two characters he exudes.
His two lives; first, as himself, ‘Norman Bates’ aka the son, is a caring and loving lad, a conscientious and civic in all manners possible, is a Hero of the film. He inspires Marion to admit her guilt and do the right thing. He desires to live in a better society. A hardworking and dedicated citizen. and Second, as his deceased mother aka Mrs. Bates is a dominating and evil. She controls her and her son’s life most of the time. She, jealous of other women and a sufferer of a male infidelity, protects Norman from the sensual influences of opposite sex his entire life. She motivates him to kill the woman who he finds attractive. She plants the hatred in her son’s life against womanhood and love.
An obedient son and a dominating mother, are Norman’s two lives. To suppress the death of his mother and his ruined adolescence, He, often, is possessed by his mother’s persona and he does things what his mother aspires to do.
A loner but strict, Norman desires woman’s company and love, but he can’t profess his liking or initiate a relationship in fear of his mothers reprisal. A psychoanalytic character’s outburst and tantrums is what we get see from him. A predecessor of every psychologically ill character of the later movies.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Written by Robert Bloch, Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and others
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (Original) & Universal Pictures