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Abstract

Although his filmography is studded with gems, no other Hitchcock film has lodged itself in the popular consciousness as firmly as Psycho. It provides chills as a ripped-from-the-headlines slasher flick, but the macabre surfaces conceal its deeper, mordant cultural resonances. In Psycho, many of Hitchcock’s major tactics fall under the umbrella of postmodernism. These methods include, but are not limited to, Hitch’s specific focus on developing a playful mood, his exploration of levels of audience participation within the confines of a film, and his preoccupation with surfaces. Although made within the confines of the last vestiges of the classic Hollywood studio system, Psycho distinguishes itself as a subversive postmodern cinematic text.

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