Not so crazy: Cannes film upends Hitchcock’s ‘hysterical’ women

Jessica Hausner, one of four female directors vying for the Cannes top prize, remembers watching “crazy women” in movies by the great Hollywood masters and sensing something was off. “I mean ‘Vertigo’ — it was clear he was the one who was crazy,” she said of Hitchcock’s film noir classic in which a traumatised policeman (James Stewart) tracks a “hysterical” woman (Kim Novak). For Hausner’s feminist sci-fi thriller “Little Joe”, which is premiering at the world’s top film festival, she said she wanted to explore how “crazy” becomes a label used to keep women down. “I was always fascinated by the films about crazy women. I felt that male perspective and I thought ‘Yeah, but what’s so crazy about them?'” she said. “The ‘craziness’ of women is actually the very interesting point about them because I think it’s also about being sensitive and intelligent.”Jessica Hausner, one of four female directors vying for the Cannes top prize, remembers watching “crazy women” in movies by the great Hollywood masters and sensing something was off. “I mean ‘Vertigo’ — it was clear he was the one who was crazy,” she said of Hitchcock’s film noir classic in which a traumatised policeman (James Stewart) tracks a “hysterical” woman (Kim Novak). For Hausner’s feminist sci-fi thriller “Little Joe”, which is premiering at the world’s top film festival, she said she wanted to explore how “crazy” becomes a label used to keep women down. “I was always fascinated by the films about crazy women. I felt that male perspective and I thought ‘Yeah, but what’s so crazy about them?'” she said. “The ‘craziness’ of women is actually the very interesting point about them because I think it’s also about being sensitive and intelligent.” […]Read More

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