Friday, 14 January 2011

What Interests You About Intertextuality In Film?

INTERTEXTUALITY:  "Is a term to describe the visual referencing between films. Quite literally, films 'borrow' from each other, and you may recognise certain camera angles, aspects of mise en scene, snippets of sound or methods of editing on some films that you have seen in others"

By looking at many films I can see that films literally borrow scenes from one another, using the same setting, sounds, editing and even the camera works. When films use intertextuality in scenes it allows the members of the audiences to predict what is going to happen, which builds tension, and allows the audiences to relate the film to another one which has used a similar replicate of a scene, this can be emotionally engaging.

Alfred Hitchcock is the producer of the film ‘Psycho’, he has been an inspiration to many other thriller movies as many they have been influenced by he’s shower scene.


This scene is full of suspense, fear of the unknown and what is yet to come. This scene from the psycho has been used in many other films such as, What Lies Beneath, Fatal Attractions, The Stepfather, and Succubus. All of these films borrow ideas from the famous shower scene in Psycho. These more recent made films use the same mise en scene of a bathroom with white tiles, a white bath tub and a white shower curtain. In addition they also replicate some of the camera angles used in Psycho like the birds eye view of the shower head. Many of these films choose to use a bathroom setting for a murderous scene as it's a very susceptible place for the victim to be.

What interests me most about Intertextuality is that fact that it is used in during so many movies that we become exceedingly used it that we may not even be aware, but our instinct may notify us.

Pictures of intertextuality used in films:




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