Derivative use ranges from the subtle (Cindy Sherman's "stills" echoing Hitchcock's movies) to deliberately heavy-handed (the near re-staging of Sherman's works by Alex Prager). So, what dictates proper use of someone's art?
The Tourist is more like steerage than coach, a tarted-up piece of product that's flat and witless. Hopefully, Henckel von Donnersmarck will go back to making his own films and put Hollywood in his rearview mirror.
When Hitchcock cast Grace Kelly in 1954's Dial M For Murder, he quickly knew he'd found his ideal female muse: an impossibly beautiful blonde who could convey ice on the surface while exuding fire underneath.
German writer-director Margarethe von Trotta started directing movies in the 1970s, at a time when few women were behind the cameras. This week, von Trotta explained how much we still have to learn from a woman who lived centuries ago.
It is exceedingly strange and more than a little sad that actresses Olivia de Havilland, 94, and her sister Joan Fontaine, 93, have been estranged for many years, the result of an intense sibling rivalry which has never dissipated.
We are so collectively mired in the hyper-superficial, materialistic, flashy "moment of now" that we haven't paused to acknowledge a man who helped bring some of the finest British films ever made to the screen.