How a movie impacts an ordinary fan? Some extraordinary movies shake us and the impact continues for days together. If we can recollect the entire song, it’s not because of our memory power rather it’s the impact the song made us to do so. Similarly, movies. Though I am amateur film blogger, the way people search the details about the film ‘The Birds’ astonished me. That’s why I call Alfred Hitchcock as the movie maverick and not just as a suspense master. Let’s see one more classic ‘landmark movie’ in his series. I’m not concerned about the 32 folds of profit money it swindled back to the production house.. 0.8 M$ yielded 32 M$ !!
It’s not true that a filmmaker always lives rich — retaining the fame and money is tougher than earning them. After the costly movie “North by north west” [ Cary Grant was costly ! ] and less acclaimed [ in box office ] ‘Vertigo’, Hitchcock wanted to try out just a plain low-budget movie. The result is ‘PSYCHO’ — mother of all suspense n horror movies.
Young lady Marion is working cheerlessly in a real estate office [ financially unhappy ] and has a love relationship with Sam Loomis. One day, she gets a surprise chance to deposit client’s money [ $40,000 ] in the bank. She makes up her mind to steal the money, leave the state and settle somewhere else. After a very long tiresome drive with confused mind, she ends up in a highway motel called BATES MOTEL. The motel in charge is a guy named Norman Bates who has a little chat with her and provides some food. He eagerly shares his story and happening s about her mother.
” There’s hardly a film fan alive who doesn’t know what happened next !! ” — This is not to hurt the friends who are yet to watch but just to encourage.
You know what Alfred Hitchcock was highly afraid of ? Boredom. Neither he liked it nor he imposed it to his audiences. Immaterial of the genre of the film, that’s what I feel as good movie which holds us to watch. Hitchcock reminds us the complete mastery skills that are needed for a film maker.. right from selecting the story, extracting the script, actual shooting, casting, editing, music and of course, direction. Thought it’s a team work, Hitchcock was primarily responsible for his works.
Macguffin means drifting from the initial plot to something else. This was the technique used by Hitchcock in this film. Of course, he didn’t cheaply cheated the audience by shifting the focus of the story. Instead he astonished the audiences with the hidden story.
This film engages almost all the elements like suspense, financial needs, situations when one steals money, murder, confusions etc., He used some themes like stuffed birds, eyes [ close-ups ], mirrors, hands, shadows and rain. For me, rain increases the impact in a film [ not the Telegu film rain songs ]. In Rashomon, Kurosawa [ Neeyumaadaa ! ] used the heavy rain as a backdrop — He mixed Indian ink in the water used for rain sequences to increase the impact of the rain. That’s why they are called as masters ! .. not because of using Indian ink but improvising the shot.
Psycho was brilliantly edited, intensively scored and intricately directed. The shower sequence is very famous in this film and so it’s editing [ multiple cut shots ]. After North by northwest and Vertigo [ costly n color ventures ] , he proved that he could make success with a simple low-budget b/w movie.
Sometimes, I split the movie watching into 2 days [ 1 hour per day ]. This may be applicable for old movies of Woody Allen, courtroom dramas and a movie which I watch for 2nd time. It’s impossible for me [ of course anyone ] to stop/pause the films of Hitchcock. That’s the beauty of his films !