Download PDF by David Hansen-Miller: Civilized Violence : Subjectivity, Gender and Popular Cinema

By David Hansen-Miller

ISBN-10: 1409412598

ISBN-13: 9781409412595

Civilized Violence presents a social and old cause of the preferred allure of cinema violence. there's a major quantity of study at the results of media violence, yet much less paintings on what draws audiences to representations of violence within the first position. Drawing on historical-sociology, cultural stories, feminist and queer thought, masculinity reviews and textual research, David Hansen-Miller explains how the workout of violence has been hid and denied by means of smooth society while that it keeps massive strength over how we are living our lives. He demonstrates how discourses of sexuality and gender, even romantic love, are freighted with the micropolitics of violence. faced with such contradictions, audiences are interested in the cinema the place they could see violence graphically restored to lifestyle. renowned cinema holds the facility to relate and interpret social forces that experience turn into too opaque, diffuse and dynamic to differently understand. via certain engagement with particular narratives from the final century of well known movie – the cupboard of Dr. Caligari, The Sheik, as soon as Upon a Time within the West, Deliverance – and the pervasive violence of latest cinema, Hansen-Miller investigates the way during which representations can remodel our realizing of the way violence works.

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Thus, in Schatten, characters are reduced to servants of light and shadow, their shadows are the organizing principles of the mise- en- scène, and they drive the film’s thematic concerns. The same could be said for the use of light and shadow in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1917 fi lm The Cheat. Therefore we can observe Schatten as a striking example of a film whose lighting patterns are visibly in conversation with aesthetic tendencies in international cinema. However, Robison skillfully experiments with the possibilities of light and lighting as a medium for the construction of a film narrative that discourses on modernity.

Contrary to what we today might expect, Weill and his fellow members of the November Group seemed more interested in seizing the forum for a public performance of their works than in questioning the gentrification of their city. Predictably, many people were not invited to join the celebrations in and of light that legitimized the modern grandeur of the 1920s German metropolis. Indeed, the significance of electrical light and lighting extended beyond the realm of the symbolic to that of a structural force in the redefinition of a modern way of life.

57 As we will see in chapter 2, both natural sunlight and artificial light were skillfully explored by filmmakers such as Franz Hofer, Oscar Messter, and Joseph Delmont for sophisticated creations of space. And in films such as Und das Licht Erlosch/And the Light Went Out (1913), the lighting is given compositional and discursive prominence in a narrative that touches on the impact of the modern world. In some of the earliest examples of the German feature narrative we find films that engage with the processes of modernity and modernization in their midst.

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