Vertigo: The Artificial is The Point

In Vertigo, Hitchcock extensively explores themes of artificiality and obsession. In the scene where Judy transforms back into Madeleine, Hitchcock employs many aspects of mise-en-scene as well as sound in his exploration of these themes. These film techniques also shape the viewer’s experience, exposing them to Scotty’s spiralling obsession, and the artificiality that is central to the plot of Vertigo.

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Pulp Fiction and Self Awareness

Pulp Fiction is a text through which Tarantino demonstrates the notion that the viewer and their act of spectatorship (viewing the movie) is mostly subject to the director/author’s manipulation. The text is metafictive in that it comments on readership and the authority to interpret through its use and accentuation (or “use and abuse”, to quote Hutcheon’s very catchy phrase) of Hollywood cliches, tropes, and narrative styles.

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