Movies where there is much more than meets the eye.
August 19, 2013 6:00 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for movies where paying careful attention to every frame and detail yields secrets that are quite different from the "main" surface story.
posted by naju to media & arts (39 answers total) 126 users marked this as a favorite
I.e., someone could watch the entire movie and think one thing about the plot, but another person could watch it and pick up on many clues and subtexts that completely alter the plot and twist it around. Possibly there's an overarching unexplained mystery, and many theories of what these clues explain, and some debate about it on forums.
Some examples I'm thinking of that gave me this feeling are Kubrick's movies The Shining
and Eyes Wide Shut
, of which I've read really insightful essays
that explain clues in every scene and detail that potentially change those movies entirely. I'd argue that Haneke's Cache
would also qualify, since there are a few parts that had me freeze-framing and scrutinizing every inch of the screen (Ebert was still finding hidden stuff in it 4 years later
.) Can anyone think of other significant examples?