“I want to report a rape,” says Vertigo star Kim Novak in a new public statement. “My body of work has been violated by The Artist.” Oh, it is on. Novak says she was appalled when she sat down to watch the Oscar front-runner and found that an important sequence in the movie shamelessly lifts Bernard Hermann’s score from Vertigo; in fact, Novak’s manager told Deadline that the score sampling sent Novak into “an absolute state of shock and devastation.” Said Novak, “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!” Someone had better take all those Brian De Palma movies off Novak’s Netflix queue, and quickly!
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