Tuesday, 12 January 2010
The Stepford Wives 'Bryan Forbes' 1975
Now after watching the newer version, I was expecting somthing a little more watered down, as most of the remakes of classic films, seem to explore a bit too much into the original elements, or somtimes not enough, rarely capturing the same essecence to it's predecessor, but to my surprise, this version, the original, seemed to be alot more richer, containing more artistic shots, such opening scene, which freatured narrow passages for an empty house, it's nautral light casting over the protanganists face......then quickly hastened to the journey between two worlds almost, their old home located in a downtonw New York, to the quaint little surban Stepford...herein again there is a lot of angular usage with the shots, creating a sense of spacial strangness, and perhaps unease, that is often found when moving into a new home, with new surroundings, thus the fammilar being altered.....
The colour pallete seems to revolve around a very cool, pale, dilute colour scheme, which differs from most interpretation of suburban towns, with high contrasting colours that seem to create this false sense of happiness, that is overexagerated, for instance, the American Sitcom 'Desperate Housewives' with it's vibrant use of colours, conveying it's highly overdramatised, and intense plots, which are left leaving the show on cliffhangers, where as 'Stepford Wives' seems alot more cool, and relaxed, which I found easy to watch and quite enjoyable, setting the tone for easing in shocking elements.....that contain the 'Uncanny Element'
Amoung these, there are some disturbing scenes in the film such as when Bobbie, Joanna's fiesty femminst friend, conforms to the will of the men, loosing all of her personality and passion, to which Joanna's confronts, and witnesses a Malfunctioning version of her former friend, who appears suffered from some sort of meltdown, stuck in some repetition of order. Alongside this, the ending itself is so sinister, I didn't actually see it coming, with the outburst of domestics, paranoia and almost horror, it truly was one of the most enticing endings I've seen in a while, purely because it challanges the cliche hollywood endings seen in everday films....and clearly is a much more darker, richer piece in comparison to the remake, and portrays a different side of suburbia whilst bringing up many issues that surrounded society at the time, challanging the views in communities and society.