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WRITING PLAN

Posted in Uncategorized by reemasenguptacmp on November 11, 2009

INTRODUCTION

Basic introduction to Vertigo.

Basic preface- highlighting that it was released, re-released and restored.

Subject: HITCHCOCK’S NAME DEVELOPED AS A BRAND AND HIS SUBSEQUENT FILMS (RE-RELEASE OF VERTIGO IN PARTICULAR) WERE APPRECIATED BY THE AUDIENCES AND CRITICS ONLY BECAUSE OF THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH HIS BRAND.

ARGUMENT 1:

i.Vertigo was ahead of it’s time when it was first released. The audience and critic’s hadn’t developed their creative sensibilities yet to be able to fully understand and interpret the movie.

ii. Hitchcock was always an Auteur and his films reflected this.

References:

http://dlibrary.acu.edu.au/staffhome/siryan/Screen/Auteur%20Theory.htm

http://www89.homepage.villanova.edu/elana.starr/pages/alfred_hitchcock_and_shadow_of_a.htm

Emanuel Berman, Hitchcock’s Vertigo- the collapse of a rescue fantasy, as published in Psychoanalysis & Film, edited by Glen O. Gabbard, H.Karnac (books) ltd., 2001

Thomas Schatz, The Genius of the System- Hollywood Film-making in the Studio Era, Faber and Faber, 1988

Pascal Bonitzer, ‘Hitchcockian suspense’, Everything you always wanted to know about Lacan … but were afraid to ask Hitchcock, edited by Slavoj Zizek, Verso 1992

Andrew Sarris, The American Cinema- directors and directions, The University of Chicago Press, 1985

Jean Douchet, ‘Hitch and his audience’, Cahiers du Cinema volume 2- The 1960s New Wave, New Cinema, Re-evaluating Hollywood, edited by Jim Hillier, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1986. Article originally appeared as ‘Hitch et son public’ in Cahiers du Cinema 113, November 1960.

Obsessed with Vertigo, directed by Harrison Engle, 1997

ARGUMENT 2:

When it was re-released, Vertigo was widely appreciated only because by the 1980s, Hitchcock’s reputation had been established as an Auteur of the top league. Therefore, in post-studio era Hollywood, it was the director’s reputation that governed the light in which his film was viewed.

References:

Jeremy Braddock and Stephen Hock, Directed by Allen Smithee, University of Minnesota Press, 2001 : pgs- 178, 179, 182, 194

Robert Kapsis, Hitchcock: The Making of A Reputation, University of Chicago Press, 1992: pgs- 16, 19-20

Satyajit Ray, Our Films Their Films, Orient Longman Private limited, (first edition:1976) 1993: pg-194

Hitchcock on Hitchcock, edited by Sidney Gottlieb, University of California Press, 1995

M.Keith Booker, Postmodern Hollywood: whats new in a film and why it makes us feel so strange,2007, Praeger Publications, pg- 129, 130

CONCLUSION:

The re-release of the film makes the film itself the constant. The variable factors being Hitchcock’s reputation and the creative sensibilities of the audiences. Having analysed the above discussed arguments it can be concluded that Hitchcock’s changed reputation was indeed the prominent factor in Vertigo being appreciated much mre when it was re-released.

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