Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock, 1960
This film’s opening did not have a lot of things to analyse as it was a slow opening, with not much action at all.
The film’s narative consisted of a simple storyline. It showed a couple in a hotel room, being generally romantic and secretive. As they talk we hear about their background as people, and how the male was married before hand.
Character’s Establishment and Representation
The woman lying in the bed is shown to be in a silk negligee, with blonde hair (connotation of innocence), well-kept and not short of money. The male is the same, wearing a grey suit and hat, black tie, with no lack of cash to afford the luxuries in life. The two of them are established as secretive, and can betray easily, due to their secret affair.
The location shown is only in a hotel room, not seedy but not massively modern, just middle class room. The screen showed the date and time of the scenario, estbalishing the setting.
Camera Techniques and the Effects of
The first shot used is an establishing panning shot, showing all the is happening in the scene. Throughout the rest of the opening medium shots are used, showing everyday characters in an everyday way, creating a false sense of security as the audience knows, (knowing its a horror movie) that something scary is going to happen to these established characters.
Use of sound
During the titles of the film the music used is frantic, fast paced and panic stricken. The instrument used is a piano, often used in horror movies as it creates tension and suspense quite easily, due to the fact it can go high pitched easily, which it does in this opening. As the action begins, the only sound we hear is that of the two characters talking, which is not a typical horror convention in its opening.
The Font, Colour and Posistioning of the Title
The film opens with the paramount logo, before continuing onto the titles of the film. They start as black and white stripes, which form into the title words. The names then follow in white, in a simplistic font. The titles change quickly with them sliding in from all directions of the screen. This creates tension for the audience as their heart begins to beat faster in anticipation of the action coming. All the titles themselves are shown as though they are credits before the film.