Beyond the Gaze: Visual Fascination and the Feminine Image in Silent Hitchcock

Jessica Brent
2004 Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies  
Are not the traits which I indicated (the make-up, the whiteness, the wig, etc.) just like the blunting of a meaning too clear, too violent? Do they not give the obvious signified a kind of difficultly prehensible roundness, cause my reading to slip? An obtuse angle is greater than a right angle . . . ; the third meaning also seems to me greater than the pure, upright, secant, legal perpendicular of the narrative, it seems to open up the field of meaning totally, that is infinitely. -Roland
more » ... hes, "The Third Meaning" Fascinating Designs Like the famous shot in Young and Innocent (UK, 1939), in which the camera engages in "a kind of staring contest" with the murderer until he reveals his guilty twitch, 1 the Hitchcockian voyeuristic gaze knows at every point how to bring about narrative progression and denouement. Carefully controlling just what and how much to show us, this investigative eye knows how to search
doi:10.1215/02705346-19-1_55-77 fatcat:57ol63rczrgwdbvrfpovtjroom