north by northwest

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“Have you any idea at all why you have an obsession with this kind of woman?” (in regards to the icy Hitchcock blondes in most of his films)

“I’m only obsessed because I don’t believe in stamping the woman with the word ‘sex’ all over her. I think it should be discovered in the course of our getting acquainted with her. It’s more interesting for this thing to be not apparent. In other words we don’t have to have the sex hanging round her neck like baubles.” - Alfred Hitchcock

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In Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Eva Marie Saint had to re-dub a particular line during post-production to satisfy censors. The original line was “I never make love on an empty stomach”, but was changed to “I never discuss love on an empty stomach” (x). Interestingly, Cary Grant has almost the exact same line where he talks about making love to a woman, yet the censors had no problem with this at all. It just goes to show that if a woman is sexually objectified by a man, it is considered perfectly normal. But when a woman sexually objectifies a man, or even remotely indicates an interest in sex, now that’s just offensive. It is reminiscent of Gillian Anderson’s exchange with a male coworker in The BBC’s The Fall

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Cary Grant, born Archibald Alexander Leach

(January 18, 1904 – ∞)

I’ve often been accused by critics of being myself onscreen. But being oneself is more difficult than you’d suppose.