…especially this one:
I could, of course, just buy it on eBay, for USD99 plus shipping.
Having just finished watching the classic Psycho (1960), it struck me that some details are remarkably similar to William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” (full text here). The taking in of a lover, the poisoning of the lover, the preservation of a body, the imprint of the the body in the bed and of course the importance of the house. I am of course not the first to notice this.
Here is an article from the The Journal of Popular Culture discussing this very thing.
Compare Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad …
…to the house in Psycho.
According to imdb‘s page on Psycho, this was the inspiration.
Let Alfred Hitchcock guide you to the setting of his classic Psycho in this five minute trailer. It is always a delight to hear Hitchcock speak. Warning, spoilers.
Link here, I can’t seem to embed imdb videos.
Speaking of Švankmajer, the Czech artist has made a 1970 film about one of the most remarkable places I have ever visited. It is a small church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, about an hour by train from Prague. The history of it is fascinating. During the Crusades, an abbot brought home some earth from Golgotha and spread it out in the churchyard. The wish to be buried in hallowed ground made the burial site very popular.
So lots of people were buried there. In the 1870s, however, a local man was told to put the bones in order (I suppose there were so many that they caused a problem. Here is how he tidied the place:
The result is chilling, even on a sunny day. You must go there. Here is Švankmajer’s 1970 film:
Has anyone seen this? It’s a black and white movie, it looks arty and it’s apparently an adaptation of Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”. I don’t know anything about Švankmajer as an artist apart from what I can google, but the film looks interesting.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to embed it, but here’s a link to Viddler.com.