The new issue of Bright Lights Film Journal is up online here, and the centerpiece is a particularly nice article from John Calendo on the remoteness of Hitchcock’s blondes and why the Vanity Fair recreations for that photo shoot early this year missed the mark:
The numb starey Janet, the icy Tippi (in both The Birds and particularly Marnie, where she is not only an automaton and compulsive thief but sexually frigid as well), the sleekly distant Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest (available but so fashionably uninvolved) added the right note of blank-eyed post-atomic existentialism — and this coolness is the crucial ingredient that is missing in all the Vanity Fair recreations.
All except one.
There’s also an interview with Catherine Breillat (“I love blood! [Laughs] And in fact, I usually paint the blood myself”), an interesting essay on Thomas Britt on what editor Gary Morris terms “disruptive cinema” and tons more.
[Photo: Charlize Theron as Grace Kelly in “Dial M For Murder,” Vanity Fair, 2008]
+ Issue 62 (Bright Lights Film Journal)