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Acting in film is a mediated representation of interpersonal nonverbal behavior, and cinematic representation can be considered as a kind of nonverbal communication in its own right. Using examples from the film Psyhco, explain the meaning of these two statements.

Nonverbal communication is shown in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho on several levels, including the interpersonal behavior of the characters and other elements that are conveyed by cinematic techniques including camera movement, lighting, and background music.

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Psycho and Alfred Hitchcock's films overall are good examples of the cinematic techniques that convey various ideas and themes without necessarily using the direct communication through words found in other genres such as the novel and the stage play.

In the film, when Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is fleeing in her car with the money she has embezzled, she stops at a traffic light, and her boss, Mr. Lowery, and his client suddenly appear crossing the street. Mr. Lowery pauses for a moment and looks at her, knowing there is something suspicious going on, given that Marion had left the office to deposit the money in the bank and that she shouldn't be in her car driving to some unknown place. No words are spoken, but the tension in the scene as the two interact is palpable.

Later, when Marion is sleeping in her car on the side of the road, the policeman who encounters her peers through the window at her. Hitchcock shoots the scene in such a way that the officer's face seems enormous, and when...

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