In recent years some of the most innovative European and American directors have made films that place the spectator in a position of intense discomfort: Feel-Bad Films. Systematically manipulating the viewer, sometimes by withholding information, sometimes through shock or seduction, these films have often been criticised as amoral, nihilistic, politically irresponsible or anti-humanistic. But how are these unpleasurable viewing experiences created? ... Read more
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