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Monday, 27 July 2015

Sisters (1973)

aka 'Blood Sisters' in the UK

De Palma channelled his inner-Hitchcock for a tale of voyeuristic dangers and misdirection heavily inspired by Rope (1948) and Rear Window (1954). He builds suspense like a tiered cake, utilising the same visual language elements that Hitch perfected, such as using figurative precursors to upcoming key events and granting viewers a godlike view of a situation while simultaneously keeping them at a precise distance from the real truth.
He further enhances the narrative by using a split screen technique not just to add a cool visual effect but to highlight subtext, ensuring the role we play as audience is an active, analytical one.

4 rooms with a view out of 5

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