2nd. article in our 7 week series on Psychological Thrillers.
Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, created over fifty films including Psycho, Rear Window and Vertigo. The plots of his films meant to serve as decoys in order to better understand the psychosis of his characters.1 His influences have stayed with us long after his death. Many directors pay homage to him in their films, but they are not always apparent. Let’s take a look at who they are!
- Steven Speilberg makes allusions to Hitchcock in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. When the boulder is chasing Indy it is an allusion to the film North by Northwest starring Carey Grant.2
- He also used the same camera shot in Jaws that was used in Vertigo. (zoom/shrinking depth of field)
Gus Van Sant
- Gus Van Sant chose to remake Psycho almost frame by frame.
- The opening credits of GoodFellas is influenced by the opening credits of Psycho.3
- DePalma used the spilt screen technique in his movie Sisters that Hitchcock used in The Boston Strangler and Grand Prix. He also used Hitchcock’s musical director Bernard Hermann to underline the score for Sisters.4
There are many more directors that have used Hitchcock influences in their films. Who are your favorites and what scenes in their films allude to Hitchcock?
Please join us for an open discussion Wednesday: 5/30/2012-Friday 6/1/2012.