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Film & History (2011) - "She Makes Love for the Papers": Love, Sex, and Exploitation in Hitchcock's Mata Hari Films




The article presents criticism of the films "North by Northwest" and "Notorious" directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Particular focus is given to the female spies depicted in the films and their relationship to legends surrounding the exotic dancer and accused spy Mata Hari. It is suggested that despite the films' heteronormativity, they encouraged audiences to question assumptions about obedience to government and the exploitation of women's bodies.