No matter how many times a Hollywood star is forced to apologize for a poor choice of words, another one seems to be waiting in the wings to repeat the same mistake. The latest? Kim Novak — who starred alongside Jimmy Stewart in Alfred Hitchock’s Vertigo. She’s upset because the magical, enchanting, winsome silent film about the silent film era, The Artist, had the AUDACITY to borrow the love theme from Vertigo in its score.
In fact, Novak was so upset about it that she took out a full-page ad in Variety to essentially report a crime.
“This film could and should have been able to stand on its own without depending upon Bernard Hermann’s score from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo to provide it more drama … “Even though they did give Bernard Herrmann a small credit at the end, I believe this kind of filmmaking trick to be cheating. Shame on them!”
I don’t necessarily disagree with that statement. It was an outstanding film, but it wouldn’t have been any less outstanding if it hadn’t borrowed from Vertigo.
However, Novak forfeited her argument when she resorted to this analogy:
I want to report a rape. I feel as if my body — or, at least my body of work — has been violated by the movie, The Artist.”
You wouldn’t think it would bear repeating, but it never seems to sink in: That word doesn’t mean what you think it means, Hollywood. In fact, I encourage Novak to go ahead and report a rape. Call the police. Bring them over with their pens and pads, and explain to them that you would like to file charges against a movie for violations of a sexual nature.
The amount of disbelieving laughter that she elicits should clear up any confusion for her.