Though many of us have perhaps forgotten, or tried to forget, Kim Novak's painful claim that The Artist's appropriation of the Vertigo score was basically rape, it's not so easy for the 79-year-old actress. She was [in no way] raped! So she's still talking about this.
Nearly two months have passed since Novak spoke of a repurposed audio track with the delicately-chosen words, "I want to report a rape." The charge made everyone at internet's dinner table abruptly stop chewing and exchange uncomfortable glances, but like when Grandma gets casually racist, the moment passed and we all just prayed maybe the word somehow meant something else when she was young, because otherwise Grandma is being pretty insensitive here.
But now Novak has come forward again to clarify, no, she knows exactly what rape is, and she still thinks The Artist is a rapist. From The Huffington Post:
"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."
So The Artist's love letter to silent film was really just a false profession of love to keep film silent on the rape? Now it all makes sense. You certainly "didn't use that word lightly" to describe re-use of a movie soundtrack. Now please stop, Kim Novak. And please, no one let the the Samsung ad with the Lost in Translation song fondle her while it's babysitting.