Cinematic Portraits of Evil

Cinematic Portraits of Evil

Despite being unsituated historically, the film may be read as a discourse on the same period as Docteur Petiot and occupied with a similar portrait regarding both France's history and the wider, more universal presence of evil ...


Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 9781621968016



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Historical Dictionary of Holocaust Cinema

Historical Dictionary of Holocaust Cinema

“Die Holle als Inszenierung: Hollywood Regisseur Steven Spielberg versucht den Holocaust in Spielfilm Bilder zu bannen.” Berliner Zeitung, 2 March 1994. Rowlands, Esther. Cinematic Portraits of Evil: Christian de Chalonge 's "Docteur ...

Author: Robert C. Reimer

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810879867

Category: History

Page: 272

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The Historical Dictionary of Holocaust Cinema examines the history of how the Holocaust is presented in film, including documentaries, feature films, and television productions. It contains a chronology of events needed to give the films and their reception a historical context, an introductory essay, a bibliography, a filmography of more than 600 titles, and over 100 cross-referenced dictionary entries on films, directors, and historical figures. Foreign language films and experimental films are included, as well as canonical films. This book is a must for anyone interested in the scope of films on the Holocaust and also for scholars interested in investigating ideas for future research.
Categories: History

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films

Guy Austin, Contemporary French Cinema: An Introduction, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1996. ... Ester Rowlands, Cinematic Portraits of Evil, Christian De Chalonge's Docteur Petiot and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen, ...

Author: Sabine Haenni

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317682608

Category: Social Science

Page: 666

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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films comprises 200 essays by leading film scholars analysing the most important, influential, innovative and interesting films of all time. Arranged alphabetically, each entry explores why each film is significant for those who study film and explores the social, historical and political contexts in which the film was produced. Ranging from Hollywood classics to international bestsellers to lesser-known representations of national cinema, this collection is deliberately broad in scope crossing decades, boundaries and genres. The encyclopedia thus provides an introduction to the historical range and scope of cinema produced throughout the world.
Categories: Social Science

Cinematic Portraits of Evil

Cinematic Portraits of Evil

This book seeks to establish a new way of examining not only history but contemporary manners of historical representation on film, as well as their cultural and philosophical implications.

Author: Esther Rowlands


ISBN: 1624992242

Category: ART

Page: 197

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The ravages of the First World War ensured that the deeply cherished Enlightenment ideals of reason, individualism, and intellectual supremacy finally crumbled and dissolved. As the Dadaists and Surrealists demonstrated in overtly defiant avant-garde postures and various public spectacles, the essential purposelessness and futility of such unprecedented carnage and bloodshed had finally shattered all intellectual illusions ever pertaining to human meaning and logic. The steady stream of political developments which led to the onset of war were equally incidental and senseless, while incessant killings between deadlocked armies exposed the equal guilt and reprehensibility of all warring parties. Numerous artists--many of whom perished during the war--found themselves involved in the bloody battles, and their chilling accounts--the cultural canons of poems, novels, essays, paintings, and diaries on the horrors of this war--are all dominated by genocidal images of mass human slaughter, inhumane massacre, unspeakable atrocities, and the profound despair that arises from utter senselessness. The Second World War, however, was not simply a repeat of the First World War in terms of its devastating effects, its atrocities, massacres, and widespread carnage. The Nazi era manifested a completely different reality, an unprecedented phenomenon with new and unfamiliar cultural implications. The carnage was not 'senseless', for it was highly rationalized and systematised; bloodshed was motivated by fierce ideological convictions. Many of these ideologies were nourished and inspired by the ideas of Nietzsche concerning the imposition of a 'super regime', able to rise above the restrictive morality of ordinary men. While it is impossible to create a clear division between categories of right and wrong, evil and good, throughout the career of the Third Reich, the ambiguities and perceptions of equal guilt and equal reprehensibility that overshadowed the previous world war were largely absent from the second. Highly masterminded and systematised evil forces were responsible for the bloodshed which took place, for in full operation was a rationalised, strategic regime which meticulously orchestrated, calculated, and supervised a systematic process of ethnic cleansing. The rationale of the concentration camp universe indicates not merely the decline and dissolution of reason in the face of absolute evil, but something other than this, something much deeper. This war was to do with 'presence' rather than 'absence'. It was a war of extreme, conceived purpose involving the presence of a new collective political force and new methods: 'lebensraum', autarky, world domination. This book seeks to establish a new way of examining not only history but contemporary manners of historical representation on film, as well as their cultural and philosophical implications. It aims to advance new ways of investigating the past with films that are, on the surface, only tangentially related to traditional manners of historical representation. The work forwards two unconventional movies Docteur Petiot and Delicatessen as objects of historical film-making. The reasoning for this departure from convention, that the Holocaust itself requires a peripheral, even postmodern approach to not only its representation but that of the past in general. On a more specific level, France during the 1990s experienced a heightened period of political debate regarding its collaboration during the Vichy period. Various contemporary films focused on national complicity and crisis of identity. The two films studied may be viewed as discourses that each relate to this crisis not only in the light of their content but through diversity and departure from accepted traditions within cinematic representation.
Categories: ART

Mystery Suspense Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD

Mystery  Suspense  Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD

A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills John Howard Reid. producers could afford to hire for only a day) and lovely Jan Carr (in her only movie), the players are mostly a dead loss. ... most chillingly villainous portraits of evil.

Author: John Howard Reid


ISBN: 9780557122233

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 468

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Over 1,200 DVDs in the mystery, suspense and film noir categories were examined and rated for this illustrated guide. The book is divided into two main sections. In the first, 218 movies are given the glamour treatment with comprehensive details of players and crews, plus background information and reviews. In the second section, essential details on over 500 films are briefly described. Bonus articles includes a survey of "The Thin Man" series, "Sherlock Holmes," "Humphrey Bogart versus Alan Ladd," "Raymond Chandler on the Big Screen" and "The Big Clock." This book will not only prove most useful for all movie fans, but will enthrall and entertain for years to come.
Categories: Performing Arts

Good Murders and Bad Murders

Good Murders and Bad Murders

The celebrity , as a model , is morally neutral -- a movie star , the president , a great criminal . ... physical aggression , and an atmosphere of ghostly evil to parlay cinematic portraits of varying quality into commercial vehicles .

Author: Wayne Wilson

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761804501

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 435

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Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Film Sequels

Film Sequels

... previous explorations of the detective genre and, particularly, his development of cinematic portraits of criminal psychology. ... provoke evil but also to be rewritten in the form of a continuous cycle of murder and corruption.

Author: Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748689477

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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A study of sequel production within recent Hollywood and beyond in terms of its industrial, cultural and global implications.
Categories: Performing Arts

Representations of the Mother in Law in Literature Film Drama and Television

Representations of the Mother in Law in Literature  Film  Drama  and Television

... from Charles Perrault to Shrek and Once Upon a Time Auba Llompart Pons and Lydia Brugué Botia 8 Cold Springs: Cinematic Portraits of Sara Roosevelt Andrew Howe 3: Entertaining Mothers-in-Law 9 The Evil Dame in British Horror Film: ...

Author: Jo Parnell

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498569071

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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This collection discusses the depictions of mothers-in-law in popular culture and provides a different approach to the popularly-held views of mothers-in-law.
Categories: Social Science

New Studies on the Portrait of Caligula in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

New Studies on the Portrait of Caligula in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

There is no reason internal to the film to have associated it with Caligula (nor, for that matter, ... to one of the most important functions of the name Caligula in popular culture: Caligula has become a stand-in for the ultimate evil.


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004417366

Category: Art

Page: 148

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The essays in New Studies on the Portrait of Caligula in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts address art historical, historical, and cultural issues raised by one of only two surviving statues of the Roman emperor Caligula (r. 37-41 C.E.).
Categories: Art

Alexander Kluge Cinema Impure An Eclectic Modernist Style

Alexander Kluge  Cinema Impure  An Eclectic Modernist Style

Jahrhundert ” ( " Edison's Children : Portrait of the Budapest Filmmaker Enyedi Ildikò and Her New Film ' My Twentieth ... des Chinesischen " ( " The Amazing Simplicity of the Chi( “ The Improbability of Evil : The Secret of Knowledge.

Author: Peter C. Lutze

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814326560

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Through his films and theoretical writings, and as a television producer, teacher, political lobbyist, lawyer, and public spokesman, Alexander Kluge has played a substantial role in creating the New German Cinema, as well as in German cultural politics. Since 1961 Kluge has produced almost thirty films and hundreds of television programs, written four volumes of fiction, coauthored three major works of sociocultural theory, and won almost every major literary and film prize in Germany. Peter Lutze provides in-depth analysis of Kluge's films and television work but also devotes attention to his political work. In raising issues that have become key questions in contemporary debates about modernism and postmodernism, Kluge's films and pronouncements demonstrate his modernist sensibility and an appropriation of modernist formal strategies for the purpose of the social critique.
Categories: Performing Arts