Laurent Fie’vet is an artist who specializes in mixing still images, video loops, and set props together to create pieces that reflect the comparative and contrasting meaning of each part. He has a line of works dedicated to Hitchcock called “Continuations of Hitchcock”. This one, called “Ink Red!” surrounds a single short clip from “Marnie” when Tippi Hedren is doing some paperwork. An edited loop of the scene plays on the monitor, while some relevant objects are on the table beside it, mainly the inks.
I was very surprised to see this camera angle in Spellbound. Even in modern movies, where seeing scenes through 1st person perspectives of characters is more common, the visual of the gun being wielded by the person we see through is a bit shocking. The idea of voyeurism plays a big part here, as the audience now becomes the threat and the gun wielder. Horror movies occasionally play out this idea of showing the world through the killer’s eyes.
I don’t think Vertigo is deserving of such praise to be called the best movie ever made. The protagonist wasn’t very likable and the driving shots were painfully boring. Overall, it was still a good film, but not the best. The article I found shows other lists than the Critics’ Top Ten films (where Vertigo reigns above all), such as Directors’ Top Ten. The critic list is the only one to put Vertigo so high up. Of all of Hitchcock’s films, something like Psycho, The Birds, or North by Northwest comes to mind when thinking of what his ‘masterpiece’ should be. Being from my generation, my list of the Top Ten Greatest Films would likely, include Die Hard and Halloween, but I can see how critics seem to favor older movies like fine wines in their construction of these lists. Everything seems better in the past.
The Simpsons is known to parody many things in popular culture, but Hitchcock appears many times and sometimes episodes explicitly mirror plots of movies, such as Rear Window. I recognized some themes in films we screened in class that I’d seen previously from the Simpsons.