Hitchcock: Sexuality, Repression and Patriarchy in Rope and Rebecca


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Hitchcock: Sexuality, repression and patriarchy in Rope and Rebecca
“The love that dared not speak his name is the love that won’t shut up (Textbook 346).”  This quote embodies the sentiment that one feels and perhaps that Hitchcock felt when screening his own filmography.   Sexuality, in the form of homosexuality, bisexuality and pseudo sexuality all seem to be mainstays of Hitchcockian cinema.   Along with this, sexuality functions deeply within the themes of repression of patriarchy.  Though Rope and Rebecca are very different films in terms of their styles and storylines, they share the exploration of the themes that Hitchcock could not let go of.  Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Rebecca both share homosexual undertones, a repression of...
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..... characterizations.  Both say a lot about Hitchcock’s time period: that at that point, being against the norm was not permissible. Rope and Rebecca both directed by Alfred Hitchcock, are seminal films that explore homosexual undertones, personal repressions and a general distaste for the patriarchic values of the time period.  
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Textbook.  “Chapter 16, Murderous Gays: Hitchcock’s Homophobia.”