Wednesday, 5 January 2011

What interests me about Intertexuality

The Stepfather
Fatal Attraction

In the Stepfather, intertexuality was a very important concept. One of the most important scenes in the film had a visual referencing from films like "What lies beneath".
In both films (The step father and What lies beneath), there is significant similarity with the stairs (mise en scene) that was used in the two films when the victims were trying to escape from their attacker.
Another important aspect of intertexuality in the stepfather is the borrowing of the use of white bathrooms, white bathtubs and the shower curtain from "Fatal attraction" and "What lies Beneath" and "Psycho".
Also in terms of mise en scene, in "The stepfather", when Daniel tried to attack Susan and there were shatters of broken glass on the floor, this can also be noticed in "Fatal Attraction".
As events unfold in "The stepfather", in the scene where daniel was attacking Susan, there was a break in order of action. This element is also evident in "Fatal attraction".
In terms of Camera angle, there was a close up shot on the shower curtain rails as it was being ripped off both in "The stepfather" and in "Psycho".

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