Vertigo

GWSS 3307: Feminist Film Studies

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  1. Opening Credits

  2. Scopophilia: the pleasure we get from looking, in seeing other people as objects (Mulvey).
  3. Vertigo -- OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE
  4. Fetishism: Turning the woman-as-image into fetish conceals castration anxiety. Rather than appearing as lack, woman appears complete because she is idealized. Over-attention to the flawless female body, showing her stylized and fragmented, as the perfect body, diverts attention away from her lack—she no longer represents a menacing figure (McCabe, 30)
  5. Midge's Apartment

  6. Ernie's Restaurant

  7. Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958)
  8. Women are simultaneously looked at and displayed, with their appearance coded for strong visual and erotic impact so that they can be said to connote to-be-looked-at-ness” (Mulvey, 837)
  9. Trailing Sequence

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