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...Heinrich von Kleist's 1807 novella Die Marquise Von O was made into a celebrated and unusually faithful cinematic adaptation of the same name by Eric Rohmer in 1976. The story runs thus: beginning the narrative with a scene in a drinking...

Buñuel: Storytelling, Desire and the Question of Rape

Dominique Russell

Dominique Russell has taught at a number of Canadian universities, including the University of Western Ontario, York, Brock, and the University of British Columbia. She is the author of numerous articles on film sound and Spanish and Latin American cinema, including publications in Jumpcut, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, and Literature Film Quarterly. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rape in Art Cinema

Continuum, 2010

Book chapter

...Buñuel is considered cinema's great iconoclast, his films “a scourge to the bourgeoisie.”The expression is Peter Evans'. His overriding themes are power — social, political and domestic — and desire, or as Henry Miller put it, “the bloody...
...Catherine Breillat's powerful portrayals of heterosexual sex and female desire have earned her a prominent place in the group of directors that have come to be known as the “new French extremists.”James Quandt. “Flesh & Blood: Sex...

Boys Don't Get Raped

Rape in Art Cinema

Continuum, 2010

Book chapter

...Kimberly Peirce's 1999 film Boys Don't Cry (US) chronicles the last few weeks in the short life of Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena, a teenager from Nebraska who was born female; who, for these weeks and at other points in his life, lived...
...Since Welcometo the Dollhouse (US, 1996), a “painfully funny” portrait of adolescent hell in suburban New Jersey, Todd Solondz has challenged audiences and critics with his increasingly dark comedies. Happiness (US, 1998), Storytelling (US,...
...I wonder how men can get serious at all. They have this delicate long thing hanging outside their bodies, which goes up and down by its own will. First of all having it outside your body is terribly dangerous. If I were a man I would have...
...Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodóvar have both been identified with a hybrid cinema, characterized by the fact that a “prominence of any one genre may vary from one moment to the next.”Ira Jaffe. Hollywood Hybrids: Mixing Genres...
...I The question of rape is always the question of an event. The questioning of an event. The event as a question mark to which no answer can be finally, with finality, appended. The various problems that rape, in turn, poses to criticism...
...It is very typically French. It expresses feelings rather than character and they are genuine enough.Malcolm, Derek. “Review of Les Chansons D'Amour,” Evening Standard (London, December...
...Although it enjoyed a succès de scandale when it was released in 1961 and quickly became a cult film, L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year atMarienbad), directed by Alain Resnais from a script by Alain Robbe-Grillet, is still considered...