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The (Un)expected Secrets of <i>Psycho</i>:

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  • 『サイコ』における予期せぬ秘密
  • 『サイコ』における予期せぬ秘密 : 『ヒッチコック劇場』と映画観客
  • 『 サイコ 』 ニ オケル ヨキ セヌ ヒミツ : 『 ヒッチコック ゲキジョウ 』 ト エイガ カンキャク
  • 『ヒッチコック劇場』と映画観客
  • <i>Alfred Hitchcock Presents</i> and Film Audiences

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Abstract

<p>  Discussions of what caused the audiences of Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) to scream so loudly when they witnessed the murder of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) have already been analyzed from various perspectives, such as visual representation and narrative construction. Linda Williams’ groundbreaking essay “Discipline and Fun: Psycho and Postmodern Cinema” regarded this film as the new “cinema of attractions” and investigated the bodily reaction of the audiences in terms of a discipline that created “docile bodies” for enjoying the fear of the shower scene. According to Williams, the fun of Psycho is dependent upon the ability of these bodies to wait patiently in line in order to catch the thrills. <br>  Given the vast magnitude of the screaming effect, however, we need to consider the multilayered factors that caused this phenomenon. Above all, Hitchcock’s noteworthy television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-62) played an important role for enhancing the effect of the shower scene yet the series has received little attention. To reconsider the meaning of the shower scene in Psycho for contemporary audiences, this paper attempts to elucidate how the usual narrative structure of the television program, namely twist endings, disciplined the audiences and constructed their docile bodies spontaneously for the upcoming film.</p>

Journal

  • eizogaku

    eizogaku 97 (0), 24-43, 2017

    Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences

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  • CRID
    1390001205770151552
  • NII Article ID
    130005403322
  • NII Book ID
    AN00022124
  • DOI
    10.18917/eizogaku.97.0_24
  • ISSN
    21896542
    02860279
  • NDL BIB ID
    028018402
  • Text Lang
    ja
  • Data Source
    • JaLC
    • NDL
    • CiNii Articles
    • KAKEN
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