Whoa. This is actually kind of incredible. So, Kim Novak, the aging star of the silver screen best known for her role in Vertigo, recently claimed that she felt “raped” when she watched The Artist because of it’s use of the score from Vertigo. OK, sure. I mean, that’s a very incendiary and intense thing to say about the musical score in a relatively light-hearted silent movie, so she probably didn’t really mean that she felt RAPED exactly, because uh RAPED ?! but like maybe she just didn’t like The Artist and hearing that familiar music seemed to intrude upon and trample her memories of better times. Right? She didn’t actually mean “raped” right? Oh, she did? She meant that it reminded her of THE TIME SHE WAS ACTUALLY RAPED FOR REAL?! Guhhhhh. From the HuffingtonPost:
The 79-year-old “Vertigo” actress, who will be honored next month at the TCM Classic Film Festival, said during a phone interview Monday that hearing the score from the Alfred Hitchcock film used in the recent Oscar-winning homage to the silent-film era reminded her of the same feelings she experienced when she was raped as a child.
“It was very painful,” said Novak. “When I said it was like a rape, that was how it felt to me. I had experienced in my youth being raped, and so I identified with a real act that had been done to me. I didn’t use that word lightly. I had been raped as a child. It was a rape I never told about, so when I experienced this one, I felt the need to express it.”
Holy moly. Look, Kim Novak’s horrible experience is her own, and however she wants to process it is not for me to criticize it, so if she says that watching The Artist brought back the exact same emotional and physical responses that she had to an actual sexual assault, I guess we have to believe her, but that is a REALLY SURPRISING clarification on what had at first seemed to be a simple case of exaggeration! So there you go. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of The Artist’s musical score and their families during this difficult time.