USA 1958. Dir Alfred Hitchcock.

Many Hitchcock films focus on transgressive female characters – strong but troubled figures who are ultimately punished for their deviance. Alongside elements of suspense and romance, the films often unfold as investigations into these women, and, by implication, into femininity itself. Appearance becomes crucial here, with costume and styling used to construct an image which is alluring, powerful and also, implicitly, dangerous.

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