‘AMERICAN PSYCHO’ – Opening Title Sequence Analysis. MISE-EN-SCENE. LOCATIONS: Patrick Bateman’s apartment:
This is a short, static long shot. It shows Patrick for the first time, from behind in his boxers, walking into his bathroom. Art is hung on the wall to show that he is cultured and intelligent.
This is another APOV, in which Patrick reaches into his fridge for his ice pack. We see no junk food, giving us an image of his healthy lifestyle.
This is a medium shot of Patrick during the same workout, still wearing the mask. This has the same function as the last shot.
This is a close up of Patrick grabbing one of his many lotions and balms that he lists in the narrative, again indicative of his self-obsessed lifestyle.
Although the scene is not a very typical one of the thriller genre, it is still very effective. It shows a relatively normal looking man displaying an almost psychotic morning routine. The music is also very soft and relaxing creating a strange contrast.
Watch the opening scene of ‘American Psycho’