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Friday, 14 January 2011

What interests me about intertextuality in films: RESEARCH

The term intertextuality illustrates a visual referencing between films. This basically means that films borrow ideas from each other, and you might come to recognise that certain camera angles, aspects of mise en scene and sound have been used in other films you’ve watched. For example countless films have borrowed ideas from the famous shower scene from ‘Psycho’ and used them in their own movie.

Psycho is very famous for its shower scene, and many film makers like to reference in their own movie. The scene contains a sense of violence and terror without showing explicit detail, and that makes other producers want to interpret this in their own work. The feature that makes the scene so distinctive is the mysterious character behind the shower curtain, this intensifies the terror of the audience. The moment where the woman falls to the floor accompanied with shower curtain is a idea that many films have used.

An example of a film that borrows a number of its ideas from ‘Psycho’ is the film ‘What Lies Beneath’. This will be found in the scene where the main woman character is momentarily paralysed and positioned in the bathtub powerless, this resembles the famous scene in Psycho when the woman is laying dead in the bath tub.


Another example of intertextuality is used in ‘The Stepfather’ in the scene there is a rapid change of shots of the stepfather chasing the woman up the stairs with a knife. This is relatively similar to the scene in ‘What Lies Beneath’ which is a high angle shot of the
man carrying the woman up the stairs. The clear similarity in the two scenes is that they have both included stairs to convey suspense and anxiety to the viewer.


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