Laura Mulvey on the Blonde

In this exclusive lecture, academic/author Laura Mulvey discusses the Hitchcock Blonde, referencing her ground-breaking polemical paper Visual Pleasure in Narrative Cinema. This seminal work incorporated psychoanalysis to posit the voyeuristic and misogynistic treatment of Hitchcock's female characters, but her revised conclusion years later is that the legendary director was not in fact a misogynist, but instead used his Blondes to reflect upon how the character is used throughout cinematic history as an artificial iconograph of femininity.


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