(6/17/02 6:30:50 am)
| Re: Notorious as a fairy tale|
I don't think it's one particular fairy tale, but that you could argue there are fairy tale elements embedded in it. There's an element of Bluebeard in the fuss over the wine cellar key--the key to a forbidden room that the heroine (Ingrid Bergman) (and hero (Cary Grant)) must enter in order to discover her husband's (Claude Rains) secret...well, one of them anyway. And I suppose her husband's domineering mother choosing to poison the heroine can probably be attached to at least half a dozen fairy tales with venomous, jealous queen/stepmothers. I find myself a little reluctant to attach those things to the extent of claiming Hitchcock "used" fairy tale forms, as the story contexts aren't necessarily fairy tale structures, it just seems to me that they parallel some elements rather than consciously utilizing them. But that's probably a matter of interpretation--I don't buy that George Lucas conciously uses Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" as text for "Star Wars" either.