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Themes - taboo: sex

Hitchcock frequently used sexual innuendo, suggestion and imagery in his films. In his later films, partly due to relaxation in film censorship, the references to sex became more graphic.

  • Sabotage (1936) - Charles Hawtrey discussing the sex life of oysters
  • Rear Window (1954) - Lisa's glamorous nightdress ("a preview of coming attractions")
  • North by Northwest (1959) - Eve never "makes love on an empty stomach" and is a "big girl" (in all the right places!), and the train disappearing into the tunnel at the end of the film
  • Frenzy (1972) - the rape and murder of Brenda
  • Family Plot (1976) - Harriet's illegitimate child and George's crystal balls