Psycho

Question: When private investigator Milton Arbogast is attacked on the stairway, this film inserts two non sequitur pieces of footage right in the middle of the attack sequence: Just as Arbogast's face is slashed twice, a shot of a virtually-nude woman wearing a sleep-mask is inserted for a split-second, followed a moment later by a split-second insert of what appears to be a small calf standing in the middle of a road in a rainstorm. What is the meaning of those two inserts?

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: His life flashing before his eyes? Snapshots of Norman's fractured psyche? The director's vision?

Alan Keddie

Question: About 15 minutes in why does the view in the rear view mirror show the police car and a semi being driven from the right-hand side and the police car pulling off the left side of the road? I think this is a double negative. This is not what you will see in a car mirror. (01:15:50)

Answer: What is shown is what you would see in the rearview mirror. Being in the mirror, it's a reverse image. Think about if you were looking at the cars pulled over head on/facing the driver, the road and the driver would be on your right. Shots in the mirror though shows the road and the driver on your left, the reverse.

Bishop73

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Trivia: Director Gus van Sant has a cameo at the beginning of the movie when Marion enters the office after her lunch break - he is talking to someone looking just like Alfred Hitchcock.

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