The Moment of Psycho Kindle ¸ The Moment eBook

The Moment of Psycho Kindle ¸ The Moment eBook

The Moment of Psycho [EPUB] ✶ The Moment of Psycho ✻ David Thomson – It killed off its star after forty minutes There was no happy ending And it offered the most violent scene to date in American film Punctuated by shrieking strings that seared the national consciousne It killed off its star after forty minutes There was no happy ending And it offered the most violent scene to date in American film Punctuated by shrieking strings that seared the national consciousness nothing like Psycho The Moment eBook ☆ had existed before It was the biggest hit of Alfred Hitchcock's career and propelled him to new levels of international fame never before had audiences been so aware of the role of the director in film making The movie industry even America itself would never be the sameIn The Moment of Psycho film critic David Thomson situates Psycho in Alfred Hitchcock's career recreating the mood and time when the seminal film erupted onto film screens worldwide Drawing on his encyclopaedic knowledge of Hollywood Thomson shows how in Hitchcock then sixty years old made Psycho as an attempt to break personally with the dullness of his own settled domesticity a struggle which mirrored the sexual creative and political ferment that soon overtook the nation Psycho was not just a sensation in film it altered the very nature of our desires Sex violence and horror took on new life Psycho all of a sudden represented all America wanted from a film and as The Moment of Psycho brilliantly demonstrates still does.

10 thoughts on “The Moment of Psycho

  1. Trudi Trudi says:

    It's not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing She just goes a little mad sometimes We all go a little mad sometimes Haven't you? Norman Bates Psycho 1960 Note the following review contains spoilers for the films Psycho Carrie and Friday the 13thI've had this slim volume by film critic David Thomson on my currently reading shelf for months and it was high time to finish it or abandon it I finished itbarely Psycho is one of my favorite movies for a thousand reasons including all of the fascinating stories that surround the mythology of how it was shot Hitchcock's battle with Hollywood censors his genius marketing plan and the film's subseuent shell shocking and titillation of 1960 movie audiences So when a book like this promises to show me the moment of Psycho and how its director taught America to love murder I'm there The only thing that rivals talking about the movie itself for me is talking about the cultural Zeitgeist in which it was made and received Thomson's thesis in an ambitious and exciting one His book on the other hand is a wishy washy example of intellectual masturbation that goes nowhere and proves nothing Dare I say he comes off as an idiot uite frankly full of sound and fury in a treatise absent of any real meaning or value He has added zero new to the debate on Hitchcock's films or Psycho in particular This slim volume is less than 200 pages long and reads like a series of short essays for somebody's film blog rather than a serious book by a world renowned film critic The first fifty pages are literally almost a scene by scene recitation of the entire movie with no analysis or context What is the point of this exercise??? It strikes me as so self indulgent in a short work that has a big thesis to prove Thomson is also very obsessed with the first 40 minutes of the film right up to the infamous shower scene Post Marion's murder for him the movie unravels and pales in comparison to the first half For me Psycho works as an organic whole a symphony of screeching violins and Hitchcock's masterful sleight of hand Hitchcock wants us positioned just so on the rug for maximum effect when he pulls it out from underneath us This reuires the effort of the entire movie not merely the first 40 minutes no matter how well set up In fact one of my favorite moments in the film comes after the shower scene when Norman performs his frantic largely silent clean up that features the slow sinking of Marion's car into the dark swamp I love that moment when the car pauses and stops sinking We're surprised to discover that we want Norman to succeed in the cover up We feel bad for him with his lonely life and his crazy mother Now with Marion out of the picture he has become the character who we identify with the most We are being manipulated for the big reveal It's crucial the audience feels something for Norman and while the first 40 minutes are critical to assess the rest of the film as weak and untethered is unimaginable to meOne of the most interesting aspects of Psycho is how it was marketed Hitchcock's lengthy teaser trailer was unheard of at the time as was his explicit directive that no audience member be allowed into the movie once it had begun Studio exec Lew Wasserman argued for big simultaneous openings in LA and New York uickly followed by the widest possible release also unheard of at the time It's interesting to note that it would be Wasserman some 15 years later who would finally succeed in his bid for nationwide release with Jaws the first ever summer blockbuster that opened simultaneously in 400 theaters None of this interests Thomson however and his discussion of these matters takes up a measly utterly disappointing five pagesThe chapter I was most keen to read is entitled Other Bodies in the Swamp great title Here Thomson's thesis is to examine the spreading influence Psycho exerted on other films especially in the treatment of sex and violence It's territory that's been trampled to death for if you look hard enough you can see the long reach of Hitchcock just about everywhere in film But here is a seasoned film critic who specifically wants to single out Psycho and measure its long shadow over contemporary movie making I can get on board with that This is the weakest and most pathetic chapter second only to the weirdly included Kerouacian chapter on driving America's highways and stopping at small motels along the way Thomson's analyses of the films he selects are ridiculously superficial not to mention rife with spoilers which should always come with a warning He includes John Carpenter's Halloween 1978 when Sean S Cunningham's Friday the 13th 1980 is Psycho in reverse it's not the son who is doing all the killing it's the mom He also tries to make a case for Kubrick's The Shining 1980 when anyone with a lick of sense knows it's DePalma's Carrie 1976 that has Psycho all over it from the opening shower scene the cheekily named Bates High School the crazy overbearing mother and Psycho's four note violin theme making repeated appearances Where we really see Hitchcock's influence on DePalma's film making style at work is in the treatment of voyeurism Hitchcock was all about voyeurism not just for his characters but for his audience What are you doing when you go to a movie? You are engaging in the ultimate act of voyeurism In Psycho we spy on Norman spying on Marion through a hole in the wall In Carrie we spy on Chris and Billy as they hide under the stage and wait for the perfect moment to drop the bucket of pig's blood We watch Sue Snell's expression as she traces the rope to its final destination Her eyes become our eyes just as our eyes became Norman's during his spying of Marion It's a shifting of guilt and a kind of audience culpability that Hitchcock mastered This is such a lame excuse for a book that I'm embarrassed for it I cannot speak for the author's other works I'm sure his sizable reputation in the field contributed to this grocery list being published in the first place It should not have been It is a waste of paper and the reader's time It doesn't even come close to proving that Alfred Hitchcock taught America to love murder nor does it even try to Save your time and your money Watch the movie instead You and your friends will come up with way interesting things to say about it than this guy does here

  2. Peyton Peyton says:

    Psycho is an excellent movie and David Thomson has watched it too many times He reads into the film with all the frantic desperation of an nontenured English professor trying to say something new about Hamlet This bloated smug book pretends to be an examination of a great film but is really an excuse for Thomson to exude pseudo intellectual snark I don't think I'm a dumb reader but several of Thomson's one liners left me uestioning my own understanding For example on Hitchcock's unpopularity in England He was excluded from gravity by such things as nuns in high heeled shoes the wicked use of national monuments and that old sneaking habit of dainty murder dainty in that the violence was offset by the meringue of style What?I was expecting a clever concise history of one of my favorite films; I found a debauched detached muttering by someone whose Freudian eccentricities would make Norman Bates blush

  3. Mauoijenn Mauoijenn says:

    This was an interesting readHow times where when the Psycho movie came out and how they changed Americans view on horror movies I do agree with a lot in this book Love old Alfred Hitchcock movies I especially like to look for his profile shadow in all his movies Psycho and The Birds are my two favorite ones

  4. Ben Loory Ben Loory says:

    it's like being on the phone with someone who's watching a movie and having them tell you the whole movie as it happens in real time only that person is one of the greatest film historians in the world and at the end he gives you this weird rambling speech about roadsstill though a good uick fun read as long as you really love psycho which thomson doesn't really i should add he thinks it takes a nose dive after the shower sceneit also features some really nice imaginative flights like the following he's a poetic writer Imagine this Psycho Marion is in the shower Norman arrives with his frenzy of stabbing motions But she is not touched let alone pierced The whole thing is like a mating ritual But she faints and when she wakes up there she is in Mother's bed with Norman watching her and smiling Because he has won heri also really enjoyed his thought experiment where he replaces the character of Lila Marion's sister and the lead in the second half of the movie with the character of Marion's mother fulfilling the same searching role Marion's mother going to meet Sam Loomis Marion's mother going to uestion Norman Bates at the hotel it's a funny idea and i think would've been horrible but it sure makes for something to think aboutone last bit The idea of community is hollow That is why the interior of the Bates house and its tomblike bedrooms feel removed from any other world What makes Norman so elouent in that nighttime talk with Marion is the instinct that he may never have another chance to speak naturally to anyone That's what the film is about not just that madmen lurk in houses on country roads but that loneliness can drive you madword

  5. Matthew W Matthew W says:

    A reasonably pleasurable and sometimes semi personalized uasi tribute to the somewhat dubious legacy of Hitchcock's arguable magnum opus PSYCHO Like with his classic film resource tome THE NEW BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF FILM David Thomson does not fuck around when it comes to giving his uniuely unsentimental view of cinema and a filmfilmmaker's place in history

  6. Christine Cody Christine Cody says:

    The first half of this book was a fascinating treatise on the making of Psycho The author explored the masterful touches of Alfred Hitchcock and how his vision led to a classic film both terrifying and compassionate for its two key characters Made during the era of the strict codes that prevented movie makers from going too far into violence or sexual themes Psycho shocked its audiences with the famous shower scene a drawn out montage showing in gory detail the murder of the biggest star of the film Yet as film historians and students have learned over the years Hitchcock had used sleight of hand to make the audience believe it had seen a knife entering a naked body and all the rest of the scene The great music by Bernard Hermann doubled the impact of the movie of course Unfortunately the author spent the rest of the book writing a thesis that or less put the blame on Hitchcock for the blatant bloodletting films now show audiences without a care for subtlety While Thomson seemed to give great honor to Hitchcock for the bulk of his incredible work he also seemed to focus too much on the failures that came as Hitchcock aged and as the movies changed beyond his subtle masterful touch As this book wasn't a biography the details into the last years of his life and career seemed like spiteful excess and ruined what might have otherwise been a fascinating book

  7. Megan Whitworth Megan Whitworth says:

    I was excited to read this because I had just finished reading Psycho and watching the film in my Law and Literature course Unfortunately this book was highly disappointing First of all it’s glaringly sexist Within the first 50 pages the author has already referred to Janet Leigh as a hooker and tried to guess her bra size in a crude pointless sentence that added nothing to his argument and made me feel sick He also repeatedly mentions the audience’s desire to “have her stripped” and “see what’s under that dress” Yes Psycho represented sex in cinema in a way that pushed the limits and shocked audiences However pointing out the sexual nature of the film could be done without objectifying Marion constantly Thankfully these off color comments ended in the second half of the book as the focus was less on the characters and actors in the film and on Hitchcock I found the organization and focus of this book confusing as well The first half analyzes each scene of the film in depth and provides tidbits of background information regarding shots audience reactions and Hitchcock’s vision However up to a certain point the author abandons his analysis and rushes through the second half of the film arguably the exciting half so that we get little insight into the climax and conclusion The book then shifts to discuss Hitchcock himself and his influence on cinema but he never really explains “HOW Alfred Hitchcock taught America to love murder” the subtitle of the book I expected this book to chronicle Psycho’s influence on American culture and film and meticulously trace America’s fascination with murder Instead this book was a mess that didn’t know whether it wanted to be a film analysis or a biography of Hitchcock

  8. Penny Landon Penny Landon says:

    I read this after having both seen the movie and read the book I was reuired to read this for a college course and found it to be midly interesting as far as analytical texts go I found some of the parts to be interesting while others seemed to just drag on One of the interesting details that the author mentioned was the fact the chocolate sauce was used as blood Other than interesting facts like this the book was dripping with the overanalysis that only someone who studies film can do I found it extremely irritating that the author would use the movie as a basis to make suggestions about the personal character of the actors So what if Anthony Perkins was not actually involved in the shower scenethat doesn't mean you should make assumtions In the process of trying to analyze every bit of the movie the author even makes a few mistakes He brings up the fact that in Hitchcock's cameo he never looks at Marion but if you actually watch that bit in the movie again Hitchcock DOES check her out The last chapter could also be cut out the author did not really have anything interesting to say that even remotely related to the movie I would only recommend this book to lovers of the movie and of Hitchcock that can stomach some uestionable analysis

  9. Melissa Melissa says:

    It was difficult at times to believe that this was written by a grown man and not a teenager Thomson talked about Janet Leigh's bra way too much for my tastes among other things that seemed bad taste such as guessing the size of her breasts and using the word laid in reference to her character Another complaint that I have is that he calls Psycho a period piece as a explanation for why Marion Crane didn't use a cell phone to call her boyfriendlover I wanted to shout Duh sorry lapsing into juvenile speak because I was so frustrated

  10. Cambra Cambra says:

    Weirdly written rambling insular little old man of a book It reads like Thompson just handed over a stack of cocktail napkins with all his notes to his editor and was like Do whatever It does make some interesting points but leaves them hanging Overall I basically felt like Thompson doesn't really invite the reader into his thought process or adeuately explain the context of some of his arguments

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