Faded Youth Blog has brought to our attention the Vanity Fair issue this month, featuring the 2008 Hollywood Portfolio. Clearly a must-purchase, it’s a tribute to Hitchcock with everyone from Josh Brolin to Jodie Foster striking poses and recreating classic Hitchcock stills!
And Naomi Watts is MARNIE! (Above).
If you’ve not read “Naomi Watts: Cinema’s Post-Modern Mother of Mirrors” in the current issue of Bright Lights, this would be the perfect time!
You don’t need Camille Paglia to tell you why Naomi Watts is the perfect choice to pose as the fractured, complicated Hithcock antiheroine Marnie. In the film she was played by Tippi Hedren, who was also in Hitch’s previous film, THE BIRDS. And Naomi Watts is signed on to star in THE BIRDS remake. But that’s not the only reason; Watts is cinema’s new post-modern mother of mirrors, that’s the other reason, and this is what post-modern mothers of mirrors do, they reflect reflections of refracted reflections. I don’t know if Watts looks like Marnie in the photo above, necessarily, but she’s suffused with that uncanny quality Hitch would have loved – the blonde ice-capped inassimilable returned gaze of the objet petit a!
Read also my discussion of Watts as “Mecha-Medusa” in THE RING remake on Acidemic.