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The New Extremism in Cinema
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The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe

Tanya C Horeck and Tina Kendall

Abstract

Explosive images of sex and violence in films by directors such as Catherine Breillat, Gaspar Noé, Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier have attracted media attention for the ways in which they seek to shock and provoke the spectator into powerful affective and visceral responses. This book, devoted to the new extremism in contemporary European cinema, critically interrogates this highly contentious body of work and demonstrates that these films and the controversies they engender are indispensable to the critical task of rethinking the terms of spectatorship. Through critical discussions of key ... More

Keywords: Catherine Breillat, Gaspar Noé, Michael Haneke, Lars von Trier, new extremism, European cinema, spectatorship, sexuality, violence, extreme cinema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641604
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641604.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanya C Horeck, author

Tina Kendall, author

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Contents

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part I French Cinema and the New Extremism

part II Becoming Animal: Posthumanism and the New Extremism

part III Watching the Extreme: Cultural Reception

part IV Ethics and Spectatorship in the New Extremism

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