Vertigo is not only one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest masterpieces, but also one of the most celebrated movie classics. And it’s not hard to see why, as this story about a man who chooses fiction over reality can be interpreted as an ode to cinema itself. But in a new collection of essays called Pose – Over hoe we kijken en wie we spelen, writer and film journalist Basje Boer shows a different perspective on Vertigo, in which a man glorifies a woman to the point where she’s no longer even human. And Vertigo certainly isn’t the only movie to do so. Why is that?
In her lecture Vertigo & The Male Gaze, Boer discusses this perspective on Vertigo, along with related topics and themes from her book, such as the theory of the male gaze, why female passivity is attractive to both men and women, and female archetypes in cinema and pop culture.
After the lecture, at 21:00, Lumière shows Hitchcock’s film Vertigo.
In collaboration with Lumière Cinema.
About the speaker
Author and Film Critic