“I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.” –Alfred Hitchcock
Alred Hitchcock was one of the most famous film directors of the 20th century. He directed more than 50 films from the 1920s into the 1970s. He was also known as ‘Master of Suspense as he created psychological suspense in his films, which produced a distinct viewer experience. Hitchcock used several different cinematic techniques such as mise-en-scene, camera shots, sound, editing and etc.
The Hitchcock film that crept me out the most was ‘Pyscho’ (1960).The film begins as a simple thriller, and it passes through a psycho-horror, with the mystery and the secrets revealed only at the very end of the film. His use of camera from beginning to the end of the is amazing, he moves the camera around the room looking for something suspicious in a room. This allows the audience feel like they are involved in uncovering the story and that I think makes the film more enjoyable. Hitchcock used several different camera angles to convey meaning such close-ups of certain objects that explain the plot rather than using dialogues. The 45-second shower murder in Psycho is possibly the most famous scene in cinema history. There’s not a lot going in this scene but at the same time there so much going and Hitchcock emphasize this with his camera, and the use montage to hide the violence. You never see the knife hitting Janet Leigh. The impression of violence is done with quick editing, and the killing takes place inside the viewer’s head rather than the screen.”Information” is essential to Hitchcock suspense; showing the audience what the characters don’t see. For example, we know about the crazy mother before the detective (Martin Balsam) does, making the scene of Balsam enters the house one of the most suspenseful scenes, which build tension and excitement for the audience. For me, Psycho seems real in a way as I feel like something that could happen to me if I checked into a wrong motel. I personally really enjoy Hitchcock’s film, and like how he conveys meaning through cinematic techniques.
For me, Psycho seems real in a way as I feel like something that could happen to me if I checked into a wrong motel. I personally really enjoy Hitchcock’s film, and like how he conveys intensifying theme and meaning through cinematic techniques in his films. Also, I think it’s amazing how he lets the audience participate in solving the mystery. Another thing that entices me to Hitchcock films is he shows the audience everything through cameras eyes/ point of view.