American black and white psychological horror from 1960.
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano
Bechdel test: Fail
Marion Crane steals 40 000$ from her boss and runs away. One night on the lam she checks in to Bates motel to get a nights rest.
I thought many of the scenes in “Psycho” were quite meticulous and showed ordinary and practical events, such as unpacking or chatting. And still the scenes had a clear enough focus to not loose the tension in the story. I was entertained through the whole movie, even though I at some point watched a woman eat some sandwiches.
I wonder how some of this movie was received in it’s time though. There was more naked skin and sexual content than I would have expected from this era. Not something we would react to today, but still surprising from 1960.
The sound was a very nice underscore of the rise and fall in tension. And the visuals were really fun with it’s use of mirrors and shadows. All the different ways of filming something through holes or mirrors was a nice way to break up scenes so they didn’t repeat a back and forth between characters too much and to let audiences see in new ways. It became part of this every day style where we saw what the characters saw.
The acting was superb, and specially Janet Leigh as Marion Crane and Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates were phenomenal. They had me at the edge of my seat the whole time.
The story was really good, even if it became clear what was going on quite early. Still I was excited to see what would happen next.
“Psycho” was a really great movie that I would not mind watching again.
I would recommend “Psycho” to anyone over 18. It is a really exciting movie that didn’t feel dated even if it is 57 years old now.
Over to you
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Tomorrow’s movie is “Once upon a time in America“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.
Until next time; live long and prosper.