I find him so creepy in relation to his female characters.^
Is it Notorious in which Ingrid Bergman played a psychiatrist, and got nothing but insults throughout the film? Granted, it was a different age, but Hitchcock's sexism is so rampant there, it practically bleeds off the screen. I also hated the way Jimmy Stewart's character in Vertigo kept insisting that her appearance couldn't possibly matter to Kim Novak. To me that argument positively reeks of "woman as object." And yet now I've read that it was his wife who often managed his films, which is even worse in regards to the sexism and self-hate.
I think the cinematography is wonderful, though.
Misogynistic indeed, but it was the 1950s and I expect nothing less. Hollywood was horribly sexist and controlling to women then. And as sexist as he was, its not like it was a hidden. It was overt and obvious, so there was more portraying sexism than merely being sexist - as far as the movies go. I know personally he was sexist.
I am not overly offended by the sexism of the 50s bc I don't see it much different today. As women we have pushed and forced our way into independence and empowerment, but to pretend we're viewed any differently by men is naive.
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