Spellbound (1945) dream sequence, designed by Dali
Here’s an inspiration shot we took at MOMA in NYC. This was a huge wall piece consisting of every frame from Hitchcock’s film Vertigo.
(Painting by Etienne_Dinet_Suzanne)
Zizek on the writer of Hitchcock’s “Birds”:
Daphne du Maurier’s central stories tell why sexual relationship fails.
1) In ‘Monte Verità’, Anna abandons her husband and potential lover for the ‘Truth Mountain’, a resort in the Swiss Alps, the seat of an initiatic group who lead there a life of immortality, a life of eternal ecstatic satisfaction exempted from the traumas of our ‘world of men and women’ - in short, she chooses the Other Jouissance over ordinary phallic jouissance.
2) In ‘The Apple Tree’, an older husband whose neglected wife died a while ago notices how an apple tree close to his house bears an uncanny resemblance to her; the tree starts to haunt him and he dies, entangled in its fallen wings in a winter storm.
3) In ‘The Little Photographer’, a lone, bored beautiful wife who married into rich nobility becomes involved in a weird and humiliating love affair with a poor crippled local photographer while on holiday at a seaside resort.
4) In ‘Kiss Me Again, Stranger’, a young mechanic spends a long evening with a mysterious girl who is the following day revealed to be the serial murderer of several RAF pilots.
In all four stories, the intrusion of an unexpected dimension disturbs the ‘normal’ run of things and ruins the prospect of a satisfied, calm life of a couple: the fantasmatic Other Place of non-phallic jouissance; the return of the dead wife in the guise of the tree as a conversion-symptom that haunts the husband; the strange lure of the low- class, doggishly faithful, repulsive lover; the unexpected lethal dimension of an ordinary girl. … ‘The Birds’ tells the story of a countryside family of tenants on the Cornwall coast who had to deal with attacking birds. In ‘The Old Man’, the observer witnesses how a strange couple living in a cottage near the sea maintains their secluded happiness by killing their intrusive son whose presence started to disturb their idyll. The two ‘happy’ families are thus more than weird: the one lives under siege by the attacking birds; the other has to secure its happiness by killing their offspring. … The intrusive Event (birds attacking, the twisted apple tree, the strangely attractive crippled photographer, etc.) is nothing but a fantasized escape from this misery, a figure that renders all the more palpable the misery of its everyday background. … This is how one should read du Maurier’s texts: their very scratches - what makes them old-fashioned, often ridiculous - are also what keeps them alive.
Hitchcock’s idea of happiness
Taken with Instagram at Chateau Marmont Hotel
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