Friday, 21 January 2011

MY HIT LIST #52 Arbogast gets it in PSYCHO

Psycho is truly a phenomenal movie. It's trademark sequence, that has gone down in film history, is the shower scene. Seen a myriad of times, rightly celebrated and studied. However, the scene where Martin Balsam's Private Detective Arbogast enter the Bates House is a masterful piece of cinema and has always been in the shadow of Janet Leigh's shower death.

From the slow suspense of climbing the stairs, the use of music, the overhead shot, the door slowly opening, Norman Bates brisk yet unrushed approach, the angle of Arbogast's fall downwards, and the surreal plummet to the raised and falling blade, this scene is a masterpiece

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