Life, death and the Disneyland question: Abre los ojos
in Alejandro Amenábar
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Abre los ojos is without question an ambitious project, even audacious, in its striking timescale and generic remixing. Amenábar claims that it was while recovering from a bad dose of flu and persistent nightmares in early 1996 that he first came up with the idea for what was initially entitled El contrato (The Contract), which only later would become Abre los ojos (Open your eyes). This chapter offers a three-part analysis of the film's main and contrasting intertexts, which offer much food for thought in terms of its meanings and implications. It proposes to locate Abre los ojos within the context of so-called 'yuppie horror'. The chapter intends to analyse Abre los ojos in relation to its principal, acknowledged intertext, Hitchcock's widely cited Vertigo. Finally, it provides a brief commentary on and comparison between Abre los ojos and its American remake, Vanilla Sky.


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