Ghosted Lesbians in Rebecca and The Uninvited

The plot of both Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) and The Uninvited (Lewis Allen, 1944) contain references and themes of sex perversion, as analyzed by author Rhona J. Berenstein in Adaptation, Censorship, and Audiences of Questionable Type: Lesbian Sightings in “Rebecca” (1940) and “The Uninvited” (1944). Both of these films include the haunting by a lesbian-coded character on the living. Berenstein explores the idea that these characters, in these disembodied states, act as metaphors for lesbianism. Both of these films use ghost stories and hauntings to explore a narrative about female desire.

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Is Stardom Analogous with Royalty?

A Case Study on Grace Kelly

Classy and sophisticated, Grace Kelly represented something aspirational for American audiences. Her marriage into the Monaco royal family was the ultimate destination of the ‘American dream’, the climbing of the social and class ladder up to the ultimate hierarchy of inherited status. The star system represented this same image of a meritocracy and accessibility into upper class life. By imitating stars, figures of fabricated extraordinary ordinarity, one could hope to become like them. When Grace Kelly became a princess, even that seemed possible. How might her royal marriage be the natural conclusion of star power, or are royalty and stardom oppositional ideas?

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