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Quote:what do you mean both?
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Quote:It's something like you say, I think. But I
don't think Stephen Rebello actually mentions it in his book. However, he once told me that he had seen a print of PSYCHO on first release (in Chicago?) in which the superimposition is used first when Norman is down
by the swamp and smiles when he hears Sam calling out 'Arbogast!' back at the house. Stephen kicked himself for forgetting to mention this in his book. And I recall raising it again recently with Stephen - pretty much as I've just described it - and he didn't contradict anything I said.
Further to my last. In Stephen's book, a caption to a frame-still of Norman's smile at the end, with superimposition of Mother's grinning skull, reads: 'Hitchcock's last-minute indecision about whether he had gone "too far" in subliminally superimposing a grinning skull over the face of Anthony Perkins meant that some prints of Psycho contained the effect while others did not.'
The text elaborates, quoting Marshal Schlom: 'I remember Mr. Hitchcock saying, "It's got to be on and off that [snapping his fingers] quickly. I want the audience to say, 'Did I see that?'" That sort of technique was different for him because he never tried to play with their heads that way before. He wasn't sure if he was going a little bit too far with that.'
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Quote:'I remember Mr. Hitchcock saying, "It's got to be on and off that [snapping his fingers] quickly. I want the audience to say, 'Did I see that?'" That sort of technique was different for him because he never tried to play with their heads that way before.
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HalLane wrote:Here's an interesting PSYCHO babble : remember that creepy bunny rabbit up in Norman's room? Gave me the willies, and still does!
Well, while wandering through those LIFE magazine photo archives and ogling the cheesecake, I spotted a photo by Edward Clark that was taken in 1950
-- a full 10 years or so before PSYCHO was made :
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Jimchig wrote:But there's one thing about the film that bothers me and I can't seem to let it go.
When Norman goes to the house and talks to his mother, the voice is not Perkins in falsetto,
but that of some older woman. Now I realize that the surprise element hinges on not knowing if
there is indeed a living mother, but in retrospect it seems misleading that we are led to believe there is a live woman involved.
Am I misinterpreting this? Is the voice coming from Norman's mind and therefore it's the real voice of his departed mother we're hearing as he would?
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