Laura Mulvey on Hitchcock's Blondes & Feminist Film Theory
Monday, March 25 at 4:00pm
ICC Auditorium 37th and O St., N.W., Washington
?Hitchcock?s Blondes and Feminist Film Theory: A Cinema of Voyeurism or a Cinema of Self-Reflexivity?? emerges from Prof. Mulvey?s ongoing interest in the director?s work and her renewed attention to the critical suppositions and methods of 1970s feminist film theory. Through close readings of Vertigo and her own 1975 essay ?Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,? Prof. Mulvey argues that the ?Hitchcock blonde? has become an established cliché image within popular culture today, recognized, recounted and discussed beyond film theory circles. In this lecture Prof. Mulvey returns to significance of Hitchcock?s blonde heroines and his voyeuristic cinema for the development her feminist and psychoanalytic approach to film in the 1970s. Recently, after a gap of forty years, she has returned to the ?Hitchcock blonde? to reflect on his cinema as, perhaps, revealing and self-reflexive rather than simply misogynistic.
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