Hitchcock, Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak discussed on Unspooled



Go to the museum. Saturday. This is what I think, part of the vertigo magic is, you know, like sometimes I get frustrated about the way we talk about film. You know, we the grander gigantic, we including me where we get really focused. We have such tempted to that even me, it'd be like, nitpicky, blah, blah, blah, blah. And sometimes, I think nitpicking really matters, and sometimes, I think it doesn't because the film is operating on a different level, and this is a film, where it's never about the dialogue. It's not about like the quips it's not about cleverness. It's all about what cinema is because cinemas not supposed to be like a fable telling you, like, here's how to behave, which is how we think I think a lot of films are supposed to be now. Or like character didn't respond in a way that I think is proper and therefore they're cancelled or whatever vertigo is all just about capturing this feeling translating into the audience without words. I mean you don't have Jimmy Stewart go. I'm mad and depressed. You have Jimmy Stewart's face bathed in red blinking blinking, blinking. And that gets it across this is a purely visual film, in a way that citizens. With perfect visuals is not this is all visual will. And that's what brings me back to the Kubrick idea like this is a much more internal film. I think that a lot of Kubrick's films are about what's going on inside the mind of our league character. And in a way, this film subverts your expectation of what Hitchcock film is because we open up with a scene kinda shot like rope, a big wide apartment were watching Jimmy Stewart who were familiar with. But he's a little bit different than what we know he's a little bit more caddy a little bit more of a playboy, if you will, like you said, kind of, like teasing midge being kind of oblivious swank on his coffee table. Swing he's like a I'm a bachelor. I don't even put this up when lady comes over, but then once we get out of those first, two scenes, you really are left alone with him in the silences. And I think maybe why this is so personal Hitchcock is this is what Hitchcock does. He's behind a lens. Nhs looking at people. I know a lot of people say, like this is Hitchcock doing a self examination of himself like being coming, infatuated an angry with this blonde woman, and in watching her and obsessing with her. And then when, you know, later in the movie, she's not doing things right. He gets very controlling of her. And that's that was Hitchcock's MO. They his entire career is like driving his female actresses insane. And I think that's exactly why critics love this film is because they can just point to it and say there it is right? That is it that is what he was doing. And therefore, we have decided that you are the most perfect most representational. I mean you don't jump from sixty one on the list to nine in ten years. Unless people are talking about this film, like crazy, because it is fun to analyze in the historical context of who Hitchcock was. You know which to me I feel like a lot of different emotions about that. It's kind of weird that we're like, layering an artist biography onto this film, so that we can decide that it is the best, and yet, this film does have a genuine, hold on people. And yet my. Favorite hitchcock? Films are the ones aren't like this. Like I really love like the quickey sardonic funny stuff. I love like his British ones is early thirties ones. I love it when he just is mean and nasty and funny, and there's not much humor in this. So it's weird that the most representational isn't representational. But it is representational. It's everything will interesting because we're also talking about this world, where do we separate the art from the artists, and I think years, a perfect example of how the artist is making something that is important to him. And yes, he's pushing forward the medium, but the story seems very personal to him like he worked three different screenwriters to get this story, the right way, you know, throwing away scripts and really being very hands on in it. And talking about the silent nature of it, this movie that he didn't want the reveal scene, where Kim Novak writes the letter and says this is the plot. This is the whole story. He didn't want that in the movie. He took it out of the movie it was only. Forced in the movie. I think that's one of the reasons like Hitchcock was kind of upset with this film because I think he wanted this movie to live without that scene, and how crazy, would it be without that reveal seeing? Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I think personally for me, I would like it a lot less without the reveal swim because I mean, now we just live in this era. It's like somebody moves around in acts really weird in the last act there. Like I had a miscarriage you're like, okay. I mean that's so many films, and it drives me nuts where like the person holds back the one piece of information that explains what the characters acting like this. I don't know why I'm using miscarriage I guess, because of the horrible Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt movie by the see where that was like the whole thing we lost a baby. Like that's what you're fighting. Okay. I think it'd be so much more interesting for film, like that, if at the beginning, there, like we had a miscarriage now let's go to the ocean and work it out. Then they get to fight like I don't know why we have to do things like a surprise. Well, it did to me. I really appreciate that. We get to know that she's like, is that makes her performance so much more compelling in the second half? Like I can't imagine how that would performance would go if you thought she was just a woman giving in to what this random guy wants her to do, but actually, makes her character make sense. You see what she's going through her guilt? His guilt. And he knows him share to cares about him when he walks on the door, even though to duties credit, she's remarkable actress listen to this day, I see each other. And she's pretending Susan know him talked what about you? Why? Because your mind miss somebody. I heard that one before too. I remind you someone used to be madly in love with then she did you for another guy and you've been carrying the torch ever since? And you saw me in something clicked. On for. Well, it's not gonna work. See a better go. Let me commend. Let me commend. Here you can leave the door open. I just wanna talk to you. I mean, I think that Judy does not get enough credit for being a phenomenal actress. I'm talking about Judy. You're not even Kim Novak like duty is playing it off. So, well, you know, we're getting here, a real voice or impatience, she's very convincing in that scene great. But anything about the everything that Judy had to do as Madeleine Judy had to act passive, a bit lead this man in different directions and get it, so it would feel like his idea to take her to this place or to take her that place. I will bring you here at the right time. She wants him to bring her where the where the woman is upstairs about to be thrown out. She has to convince him all these things are his idea, which is oh, really? I mean, let's just like improv, that's like, could anybody from UCB do that? I mean I don't know probably because we're that good. But I do believe this movie is about manipulation employing into people's egos. Like 'cause she manipulates him. The first half of the movie, and then you know, he's manipulating her the second half of the movie, you know, these are two people who are really flipping the script on each other. When you see Jimmy Stewart you hear his voice here as after he gets out of the mental institution. He is a broken man. He's not the man that you hear in the beginning. What what good luck do? I don't know. No good. By the way, let's say him talking to midge to present their, you know about those things you're a big boy. Now remember run across one like that it's brand new revolutionary uplift. No shoulder. Straps. No back. Straps. But does everything brassieres should do works on the principle of the cantilever bridge? Aircraft engineer down the peninsula designed. It worked it out in his spare time hobby. Do it yourself type thing.

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