Worksheet 7 - Worksheet seven Prologue There was a fashion...

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Worksheet seven Prologue There was a fashion style for young women in the 1970s, still present, called ‘hot pants’, very short shorts that alluded to a sight that it kept hidden. It was, in effect, a vestimentary ellipse, that made most real what was not seen however it was known to exist. The not-seen became primarily what was imagined, that is, the fantasy (and the desire attached to it) was more compelling, absorbing and centring attention than the reality and the strongest sight was of what was not seen, an allusion and lure created by omission. Hitchcock and Sternberg use the ellipse to stimulate desire and create fantasies for their characters and their audiences and in all their films. In Vertigo , for example, Scottie rescues Judy-Madeleine from San Francisco bay in to which she had jumped. He takes the half-dead, unconscious Judy-Madeleine to her car, holding her in his arms and calls out to her with desire, as if he had fallenin love with a shadow, a being not fully there, at best a sight, an appearance. The next scene is in his flat. Judy-Madeleine is in bed, still unconscious, Scottie is in the other room by the fire. The camera pans around the flat traversing the door of the kitchen where Judy-Madeleine’s clothes and underwear are hanging. What has not been shown or seen is the scene ‘between’ these two occurrences, specifically, Scottie undressing Judy-Madeleine and putting her to bed. The ‘real’ scene
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