Archive for February 5, 2009

Stop, thief!

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on February 5, 2009 by dcairns

Hitchcock steals from Lang —



SPELLBOUND and METROPOLIS, but which is which?

Now here’s THE RING  and METROPOLIS–



Now two Hitchcocks, THE RING and ROPE ~



It’s like a mirror-reverse, with the piano on the left instead of the right. The towers of Manhattan are admittedly a different style from the city blocks of London, but blinking neon signs feature in both. The nicest touch in ROPE is the curving window, I think.

“It’s perfectly acceptable to steal from each other, what we must never do is steal from ourselves.” — John Huston in Welles’ THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. Hitchcock, who remade one of his own movies, and was constantly refining and redeploying his tropes, would disagree.


Posted in FILM with tags , on February 5, 2009 by dcairns


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