Subliminal themes in Hitchcock’s "Psycho"

July 26th, 2011 by
Wow, how did I miss this site: Collative Learning, hosted by Rob Ager. Terrific film analysis, deeply immersed in the idea of story as psychological journey. Here is Ager’s interpretation of Psycho, the main theme of which, he argues, is multiple personalities, not just Norman Bates and his mother, but virtually all the characters:

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7 thoughts on “Subliminal themes in Hitchcock’s "Psycho"

  1. Phil says:

    Happy Jung Birthday!

  2. Scott says:

    Phil, you are right. Today is Carl Jung's 136th birthday! I should have that date locked in my brain. But then I barely can remember my own anniversary (which is tomorrow by the way).

    Thanks for that heads-up.

    For those interested in learning more about Jung, go here.

  3. Nick West says:

    I'm not a fan of psychoanalytical stuff like this. It feels like a literary student's critical thesis. Ugh.

  4. Lazzard says:

    I think if Hitch were around he would find this tremendously funny.

  5. Laura Deerfield says:

    Perhaps good for the film stuff, but did you poke around that site?

    Not one I'd want to be associated with, generally…take a look at the topics under "insight" – they include discussions of anti-white policies, discrimination against whites and fear mongering in women's magazines.

  6. Scott says:

    @Laura: I did NOT poke around the site. Thanks for that heads-up.

  7. Nick Oleksiw says:

    Wow, great stuff!

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