January 10th, 2012
04:13 PM ET
Actress Kim Novak has ripped into the critically acclaimed movie "The Artist," claiming that the film's use of "Vertigo's" score was out of line.
Novak, who starred in the classic 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film, says in a Variety magazine ad that she feels "as if my body - or, at least my body of work - has been violated by the movie 'The Artist'...This film should've been able to stand on its own without depending on Bernard Herrmann's score from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' to provide more drama."
To Novak, the way "Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius incorporated the music, even with what she viewed as a "small credit to Herrmann" at the end, was "cheating."
"It is morally wrong for the artistry of our industry to use and abuse famous pieces of work to gain attention and applause for other than what they were intended," she continued. "Shame on them!"
Hazanavicius tells CNN that while he's apologetic the screen legend is so upset by the use of the "Vertigo" score, he's not sorry he used it.
"I’ve done nothing wrong," he said at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday. "I used music from another movie, but it’s not illegal. We paid for that, we asked for that and we had the permission to do it. For me there is no real controversy...I feel sorry for her, but there’s a lot of movies with music from other movies, directors do that all the time and I’m not sure it’s a big deal."
What makes him a little sad, he continued, is that "The Artist" "was suppose to be an homage, a tribute to the Hollywood classical movie, not something aggressive or something bad."
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