Alfred Hitchcock’s “Is This a Nightmare?”















Must have a look at what Murnau images I’ve got to hand, he seems like somebody one could have fun with, splicing shots together from different movies. But maybe his visual style changes too much from film to film? Suggestions for who else I could try?

6 Responses to “Alfred Hitchcock’s “Is This a Nightmare?””

  1. Arthur S. Says:

    I think Keaton would be a great target.

    The issue with Murnau is that we only have a sampling of his total oeuvre with us and they’re all so influential and recognizable. With Hitchcock’s silents the lack of visibility is what makes it so interesting to do.

    But hey I can be and I probably am wrong…

  2. Well the advantage could be if you recognise the image but still can’t help imagining a narrative connection with the next, unrelated image. That’s half the charm of the Kuleshov Effect.

    Am planning to get my hands on some more early Murnau, which is certainly less known, but I haven’t got it yet so maybe it’ll take a while for that one. Maybe with Keaton I could do something relating to the amazing Beckettian sequence in Sherlock Jnr.

  3. My first frame-grab fumetti was over a year ago — don’t know why I didn’t think to take it further then.

  4. Arthur S. Says:

    Which scene from Sherlock Jr. is Beckettian?

  5. I think Kino DVD is releasing some early Murnau in the states this week or next.

    Keaton would be hard since so much of his stuff relies on motion. Maybe Bunuel? I have a collection of Chris Marker stills, but Marker has no intertitles.

    I’m dying to see the short that came out a few years ago composed entirely of insert shots stolen from other films… it was called ().

  6. “Keaton would be hard since so much of his stuff relies on motion.” And stillness…

    Bunuel sounds like a winner, and odd juxtapositions and inappropriate reactions are very much part of his bag anyway. And there are long periods with distinct looks — many of the Mexican films have a similar quality, as do the late French ones.

    I’d forgotten about (), must look around for it.

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