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Psycho-thriller; Representations- Part 1Representations in the Psychological Thriller-Gender•PSYCHO- Not male dominated. Cranes character is not passive (she steals money,runs away) but she isFemale representations femme fatale character in Marion Crane- Flawed criminal but strong characters (her sister is determined to find her) - she stoleher bosses money. However she deviates from this stock character type at the end bytrying to give up the money- the representations are more complicated.•Male Gaze (Laura Mulvey)- Bates watches Marion as she undresses; directer uses sexappeal for voyeuristic audience gratification.•SEVEN- Male dominated genre- in Seven there are no main female characters- andGwyneth Paltrow is the victim- used for star appeal. The only victim which the audiencesympathises with because we know her background; she is only important as she islinked to Pitts character. In Silence of the Lambs Jodie Fosters character plays theman’s role- she is heading the investigation, catching the criminal, facing danger andtalking to Dr.Lecter etc. But she is not taken seriously by her male peers, until shestands up for herself. In the conclusion, she is rewarded.•Somerset/ Mills- The two main men are juxtaposed by their ethnicity, age and morals(see sequence where they are getting ready for work). Somerset solves crimes byresearch, procedure and observation whereas Mills uses instinct, often solving crime bycommitting crime. Mills demonstrates existential values (he creates his own morals andbelieves that people are good on the inside) whereas Somerset and John Doe share theidea that people are soulless.•PRIME SUSPECT- female lead filling a male role- more positive representations.• Complex characters who arent just one-sided/ simple- Norman Bates (two sides to hischaracter) shown by the use of chiascuro lighting (manipulation of shadow).