Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The big screen is actually a big screen here. Very big.
There are so many things you miss in the chopped and reduced formats. Hitchcock's storytelling is a bit ham fisted to me but then, I've seen the movie before. The movie plays well to an innocent eye.
There's a great scene in the early part of the movie where Tippi drives to Bodega Bay with a pair of lovebirds. Tippi drives very fast and on the corners, the lovebirds in their cage lean as the car rounds a corner.
This sort of thing is amplified by the screeching tire sound track and the sped up footage. If you never saw an exterior shot of the car, the lean of the birds would be enough to convey the speed. Why did Hitchcock add the redundant effects? His audience was not attunded to subtly.
I'm thinking about that now with my intended readership. I always despise the ham fisted actions of an author to portray an emotional state of a character then cast that same emotion in reaction from some continuing conversation between two characters about it.
You know the drill.
"Wow, Bob was really steamed about Heidi and Tom," said Billy.
"You know, I didn't think he'd take it like that."
"No accounting for taste, Mike. No accounting for taste."
"I guess you're right," Mike agreed.
And so it goes. There is a passage like this in a Hemingway short story I like and I can't stomach it.
Now, off to have some words of my own take flight. I don't think I can count on Tippi showing up to stay the weekend. I don't go to the barn in an ascot and sweater much these days. Rod Taylor does in the movie, though.
Write something. Don't search the Nordstrom site for an ascot. You don't need one either.
Posted by jack welling