This essay analyzes the article 'Hitchcock's Conscious Use of Freud's Unconscious' by Sandis (2009), which discusses the relationship between Hitchcock's masterpiece 'Psycho' and Freudian theory. The article suggests that while Hitchcock was influenced by Freud, he also mocked the psychoanalytic theory in the movie. Sandis highlights Hitchcock's personal skills in creating a psychological thriller without depending on any single theory of psychology. The article also discusses how Hitchcock used both fictional and factual accounts to develop the movie.
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PSYCHO2Psycho: Article Summary EssayHitchcock’s 1960’s masterpiece “Psycho” is still considered as a trendsetter. The immaculate infusion and amalgamation of suspense, thrill and psychological theories has made the movie an immortal one in the genre of psychological thriller. In order to understandthe essence of the movie it is imperative to analyze the article, “Hitchcock’s Conscious Use of Freud’s Unconscious,” in which Sandis () has put much emphasis on the intricate relationship between Hitchcock’s masterpiece and the Freudian hypothesis. Sandis (2009) has pointed out that in the movie, “Psycho,” Hitchcock dauntlessly used the concept of psychoanalysis as popularized and propounded by Freud. But despite being influenced by the Freudian ideology and theory, what Sandis (2009) has suggested is that, Hitchcock has actually tried to demonstrate his apathy towards thoroughly believing in the validity of the psychoanalytic theory and practice. Sandis (2009) has pointed out that, in the movie, “Psycho,” Hitchcock has actually tried to mock the Freudian theory in a thorough and explicit manner. Even though the genius of Hitchcock compelled him to appreciate the attractiveness of the Freudian psychoanalytic theory, in the movie, “Psycho,” the director did infuse the charm and essence of the Freudian legacy. Hitchcock’s appreciation of Freudian theory is quite visible in “Psycho.” Through the cinematography and plot what Hitchcock diddepict in the movie was his interest towards exploring the Freudian aesthetics. Moreover, what Sandis (2009) has pointed out is that, throughout the movie “Psycho” (1960) Hitchcock has rendered efforts to bring before the audience some of the specific Freudian concepts that had only been theorized prior to the release of the movie. Sandis (2009) has noted that the masterly blending of the unconscious with the dreams and the amalgamation of guilt with repression that had been the hallmark of “Psycho” are actually the outcome of Hitchcock’s affection towards Freudian theory of psychoanalysis. The contradiction between the concept of divided mind and scientific validity that has often been the focus of Freudian discussion
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