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Mulvey saw that a gaze (that is, a dominant way of seeing) is built into cinema, which can be that of the actors but is also part of the medium itself. The man’s role in the film, Mulvey says, is ‘the active one of forwarding the story, making things happen’. She adds that the man in the story ‘controls the film fantasy and also emerges as the representative of power in a further sense: as the bearer of the look of the spectator’. Men look at the action through the eyes of the male hero and women are obliged to do the same, a form of compulsory gender manipulation.