Monday, 10 January 2011


Intertexuality refers to the burrowing or referencing of one text in another and in this case from one movie to another. Nowadays, intertexuality has become a norm and many films borrow greatly from each other.  An infamous example is the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s 'Psycho'. 

After watching the famous shower scene clip, we were shown other clips from other thriller films that have borrowed from the scene in a number of different ways.Below is an independent student film called ‘Succubus’ which has burrowed in whole the shower scene from ‘Psycho’ Except that it switched the genders of the victim and killer and that during the murder the camera was focused on the killer not victim. This film has shown that films can burrow from one another but still be able to show a stark contrast to the original.

Above is also another example of intertexuality in the film 'Fatal Attraction’ although this film doesn’t burrow as much as from the original film as ‘Succubus’ did it does however reference the infamous scene. It does through the scene were the obsessive husband attempts attack his blonde haired wife, this is similar to the characters of the original scene, also there is a subtle reference to the masked/shadowed figure of the male attacker when the lady locks the door on the hand of her husband and we see his unclear figure through the door. Some more visible and recognizable elements are the blonde haired women and the knife.

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