The shower scene in Hitchcock's film Psycho is reputed to be a landmark in the history of popular cinema. Whether for good or bad is debatable, but in my view it changed movie-making for the worse. The scene is too explicit, and I don't enjoy watching a defenseless, terrified woman getting stabbed to death. Of course it's only a "make believe" murder but it's supposed to look real, and nevertheless I find it gruesome and disturbing. (Thankfully in Rear Window he doesn't show the husband butchering his wife.) What is equally if not more disturbing is the fact that these images have become the common currency of pop films. I'm rather sick of them, and prefer the older way of either having the violence done off camera (or off stage, as the Greeks did), or simply suggested. Let viewers use their imaginations as much as possible. Neglected, our imaginations atrophy just like our muscles. Cinema today is far too literal and audiences have come to expect to see the gory details. Thank you, Mr. Hitchcock (and all your movie-making myrmidons), for stealing our imaginations and replacing them with shock and shlock.
Causes Anthony Maulucci Supports
Greenpeace, Amnesty Inernational, American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Save the Children