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Film Criticism (1995) - A "Woman's" View: The Vertigo Frame-Up




Critics of the film since its 1983 re-release have emphasized Vertigo's narrative ambiguity toward gender identification, following Mulvey's own lead when she revised earlier assertions about classic cinema's male-identified sadism by suggesting she had "shelved" or denied her own "look" as a female viewer who might subvert rigid bourgeois gender roles ("Afterthoughts on 'Visual Pleasure,'" 12).