- Monday 21st January 2008, 11:21pm [Edited]
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Quote: Aaron @ January 21, 2008, 10:58 AM
Sounds like typical media-lecturer bollocks. My girlfriend was told that - and then had to write an essay about - the carving of ivory boxes in Now, Voyager represents female masturbation. No. It represents carving a f**king ivory box.
I once made the mistake of telling a lecturer that a painting of a monk by the sea was just a painting of a monk by the sea rather than an exploration of the Nineteenth Century Romantic Sublime. I was quickly pelted with thick academic tomes and ink wells etc. and forced to stand in the corner. You'll learn Aaron...
Incidentally, Hitchcock was way ahead of the game and the studios and he sprinkled his films with subtle gags - usually prurient ones. A well known one is the shot of the train going into the tunnel at the end of North by Northwest, which comes just after Cary Grant has pulled Eva Marie Saint up onto his bunk.
The title of the birds is also a joke - since it references a slang word for women, although to be honest, it's hard to see what else the film could have been called...