I respect film makers who acknowledge their debts and admit openly when they borrow an idea or plot point from another film. What I despise is film makers who plagiarise someone else's work and pretend their own work is entirely original.Nice review. Yes, this film was directly inspired by Vertigo. De Palma and Schrader had gone to see Vertigo when it was finally released to cinemas again in the 1970s (after many years of being unable to see it) and were so in love with it they decided they had to make a film like it. So, Schrader went off to write something and Obsession became the film they would make . . . . . they were very open about the fact that a viewing of Vertigo inspired this film. . . . .I would try not to compare it to Vertigo while watching it, though it will be obvious that De Palma and Schrader are riffing on that, and to just enjoy it as a beautifully crafted and wonderfully acted thriller.
Yes, I see no issue with this. However, I think some people do. And when you make a film that you tell everybody is inspired by a Hitchcock film...well...people are going to compare it to the Hitchcock film and they are going to dismiss it as "not as good."I respect film makers who acknowledge their debts and admit openly when they borrow an idea or plot point from another film. What I despise is film makers who plagiarise someone else's work and pretend their own work is entirely original.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with re-imagining a story. Last night I watched Broken Lance which is a remake of House Of Strangers which itself derives from a re-imagining of King Lear. The story is hugely different but two major plot points come from Shakespeare's play.
Well, I did misspeak a bit there, Vertigo had not been released to cinemas again when they saw it, they had gone to a special showing at the LA County Museum and then went out to dinner afterward and had a discussion about how blown away by the film they were (De Palma thinks this showing was in Vista Vision).When OBSESSION was made, VERTIGO had been unavailable for a long time. Rather than actually seeing the film, Paul Schrader and Brian dePalma were basing OBSESSION on their memories of seeing VERTIGO many years before.
Since Giallos are inspired by or copies of the same Hitchcock films-visual tropes that DePalma is always accused of copying, then if he's copying Giallos, he's copying copies of Hitchcock, which is still copying Hitchcock.I've always felt De Palma owed less to Hitchcock and more to the Italian "giallos" of the late-60s to early-70s.
Well, even though they had recently seen it I think what you are saying is actually descriptive of the process. Basically, because first they had a memory of seeing Vertigo, then the experience of seeing it again...and the film does play with the idea of memory and how that is a multifaceted thing.I wasn't aware of that. In a way, it's too bad, as I would have preferred that OBSESSION was based on foggy, twenty year old memories of VERTIGO, as that's how it comes across. Something that's almost pre-conscious, lingering just outside awareness; a condition that echoes the title of the original French novel VERTIGO is based on: "D'entre Les Morts" or Among the Dead; in other words, a phantasmal, dream state, like the gauzy photography in the film under discussion.
Well, that's a fairly unkind thing to say about De Palma, and really not true. Of course they stood on the shoulders of Hitchcock as had he not existed, or gone where he went with his pictures, likely many others may not have either. Secondly, Hitchcock did not invent suspense or the thriller...he was just very adept at it.Compared to Hitchcock, DePalma is a pipsqueak. Obsession is okay, but it doesn't stand on its shoulders; it coils around the foot of its foundation like an eel around a monument.