Tuesday, 18 January 2011

RESEARCH: What interests me about intertextuality?

Intertextuality is a common idea that is used throughout media. It is when an idea or aspect is taken from one thing and placed into another. Intertextuality is the shaping of texts' meanings by other texts. It can refer to an author’s borrowing and transformation of a prior text or to a reader’s referencing of one text in reading another. 


While observing thriller movies intextuality is a common element in films and how they have been used to make the film more successful.


Psycho is an example of intextuality; the famous shower scene is common in many late 20th century and 21st century films. It is the scene where a woman is violently stabbed in the shower and then clings onto the shower curtain as she collapses ripped the curtain off of its hooks. You then see a her blood flowing down the drain.

It was notable that The Stepfather used this element near the end, where David was stabbed in the neck with a piece of the broken mirror and fell into the shower pulling the curtains down with him. Intertextuality is used here as the scene is replicated from the film Psycho.


Intertextuality is also used in the film Fatal Attraction when the man is chasing the woman in the house. This resembles a scene from The Stepfather because the same idea is used e.g. when David chases Susan through the house in an attempt to kill her.


What interests me about the use of intertextuality is that directors use the same ideas from other films, show it in their own way but yet still resembles the initial idea they took the scene from.

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