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Troubled Everyday: The Aesthetics of Violence and the Everyday in European Art Cinema

Alison Taylor


Extreme violence in contemporary European art cinema is generally interpreted for its affective potential, but what about the significance of the everyday that so often frames and forms the majority of these films? Why do the sudden moments of violence that punctuate films like Catherine Breillat’s Fat Girl (2001), Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible (2002) and Markus Schleinzer’s Michael (2011) seem so reliant on everyday routines and settings for their impact? Addressing these questions through a series of case studies, and considering notorious films in their historical and philosophical context, Tro ... More

Keywords: Violence, Everyday, New Extremism, European art cinema, Screen aesthetics, Affect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474415224
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Taylor, author
Bond University