Of course Psycho
and Jules and Jim
are two entirely different films. No way I dare to compare Catherine to Norman Bates. I was just using that one scene with the psychiatrist as an example. In my opinion, it's the only flaw of Psycho
. The psychiatrist comes in the picture and explains Norman's psychosis. To me, in a way I feel insulted as a viewer. I think the entire sequence with Marion's sister surveying Norman's bedroom and his mother's bedroom (all wordless) tells you everything you need to know about Norman and his mother and their relationship. If Psycho
cut that psychiatrist scene and goes straight to Norman in the cell with the fly, whoa! that would have been so much unsettling and disturbing, forcing the viewers to figure out what is exactly wrong with Norman by reflecting on the entire film they had just seen. Instead of settling down with the words coming out of that psychiatrist's mouth. This is exactly why I think The Birds
is better. For instance, how do you explain The Bird
's ending? No one wins. All perfectly shown in that one powerful image without babbling away the explanation like we don't know anything.
Now about Catherine. I know that Jules and Jim
is not about her but somehow she consumes the whole film. The film simply observes her but her magic, her aura infects the film so much that it leaves me wondering about her nonstop. Truffaut ends the film without really spelling anything out .. I mean, about Catherine's extreme action. Truffaut could go the easy way out by having somebody, maybe a doctor, telling Jules that Catherine had a bipolar disorder or something of that sort. Or Jules discovering Catherine's diary that explained everything away. But no he didn't do it. I love Truffaut for respecting, loving, trusting Catherine that so
I'm sorry that I can't really expand that much ...my mind has been unbearably overloaded with school assignments and watching Jules and Jim
- a revelation! - recently didn't help.
Implying that Truffaut understands life better than Hitchcock because he doesn't include a monologue from a psychiatrist that explains Catherine's actions doesn't sound very reasonable.
I truly regret for not making this clear earlier. Never my intention, never my thought. I just feel that Truffaut captures the mystery of life so beautifully, poetically in Jules and Jim
and I do feel the same way with Hitchcock's Vertigo
. When I first saw Vertigo
a decade ago, I was absolutely obsessed with Madeleine/Judy... same thing that I'm going through right now with Catherine.