Movie Audience: Perception by Directors–Hitchcock

Hitchcock was as much a social psychologist of his spectators as a formal stylist of the genre.

He famously stated: “I enjoy playing the audience like a piano.”

When Psycho was released in 1960, Hitchcock observed:

“The process through which we take the audience, it’s rather  like taking them through the haunted  house at the playground.”

Jean-Luc Godard:

“The cinema exists in the distance between  the audience and the screen.”

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