Alfred Hitchcock is one of the best-known directors in the film industry and has helped shift the perception of cinema for the numerous decades that he was working. Out of his entire filmography, the film that is perhaps his most famous work is Psycho. Known for revolutionising filmmaking both in front of and behind the cameras, Hitchcock took risks with this film and made something that is still beloved to this day.
Despite that, there are people who critique Psycho’s use of exposition in the final scene of the film. The final scene takes place at the police station, in which a psychiatrist explains that Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins) recreated his dead mother in his own mind as an alternate personality, and it was that personality that became jealous and murdered Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh) at the Bates Motel. Whilst many people deem this exposition scene to be unnecessary, I am going to make a case that not only is it necessary, but is a satisfactory ending to this film.
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