Psycho And Haneke Analysis

Good Essays
Through its use of violence, suspense, and surprises, the thriller has long been one of film’s most popular genres. Since the father of the thriller, Alfred Hitchcock, released Psycho, thrillers have captivated audiences with the combination of suspense and anxiety. Today, most thrillers follow formulaic storylines and methods to create suspense and very few filmmakers are willing to experiment or deviate away from proven methods that make a successful thriller film. Micheal Haneke, however, has challenged the filmmaking techniques of traditional thrillers. His reliance on an ambiguous storyline, long takes and long shots to create suspense differs from his predecessors who relied more on music and fast cuts to create tension. His innovative style of storytelling and filmmaking is evident in his 2002 movie, Caché. Despite Psycho and Caché both being classified as thrillers, Hitchcock and Haneke have different fundamental approaches to how they create suspense and tell a story. Despite their fundamental differences in filmmaking and storytelling, both directors are unique in that they employ voyeuristic film techniques to manipulate the audience's place in the story. Caché’s innovative style is due to its director, Michael Haneke. Haneke’s style, which features the use of dull mise-en-scene, rigid long shots and a static tone that makes his film devoid of emotion, permeates throughout Caché. One of the best examples of Haneke’s style was at the climax of the movie during the
Get Access