Movie “Psycho”

Discuss Mise-en-Scene as it applies to the movie “Psycho”; specifically mention aspects of the sets, the costumes (clothing) and makeup, the lighting, and the movement of the actors in certain scenes in the film.

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ex 1) The Mise-en-Scene in the movie Psycho is dark and uses low dimmed lights to create a certain scenery. Like when we find out he killed his mother and she has been stored away below them the entire time. The lighting around her is dark but when we get the turn around and realize its a skeleton, the adding of one lamp light above them really makes it more epic. The shower scene is also a time where they use lighting to create a scenery. When we see a shadow creep up on the tub shower hanger, because its dark it seems ominous and we therefore have our guard up. If that scene was made with color I truly think the emotions one feels while watching is different. Most of the set is dark and gives a suspicious or mysterious vibe. Norman bates movement had to be crucial because he not only has to be himself, but he must also act like his mother. We catch a glimpse of this when he puts on her clothes and act like her.

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ex 2) The way the aspects of Mise-en-Scene apply to the film Psycho contribute to what makes it a well-known, classic horror film. A majority of the film takes place on a nearly deserted hotel run single handedly by Norman Bates. The set of the film can make audiences feel uneasy by understanding that no one would be around to help the characters if something were to happen to them. Lightning also contributed to giving characters a sense of what kind of person they were, like Norman’s face being only half lit to show his split personality, and Marion Crane’s face being lit up to show her intentions with the money had changed. Staging also helped Norman’s personalities be revealed from him sitting comfortably in his seat and making friendly conversation with Marion, to him sitting straight up and speaking very defensive to her. Lastly, costumes were an important aspect in the film by having Norman dress like his deceased mother to give the illusion of her committing the murders.

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