Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study

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McFarland, Nov 21, 2014 - Performing Arts - 238 pages
Often considered the lowest depth to which the cinema can plummet, the rape-revenge film has been dismissed as exploitative and sensational, catering to a demented demographic. Only on such rare occasions as Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, John Boorman’s Deliverance and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof has the rape-revenge movie transcended what is commonly assumed to be its intrinsically exploitative nature and moved into the mainstream. This critical overview reassesses that viewpoint by exploring a variety of themes, as well as the elements that this type of film has in common. The author discusses an array of films directed by noteworthy directors from several countries, demonstrating that diverse and often contradictory treatments of sexual violence can exist simultaneously.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 The RapeRevenge Film Canon
21
2 The RapeRevenge Film Across Genres
60
3 The RapeRevenge Film Around the World
103
4 The Contemporary RapeRevenge Film
155
Afterword
188
Filmography
193
Notes
201
Bibliography
215
Index
223
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Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is an adjunct research fellow at the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. She publishes regularly in a number of international magazines, journals and books on horror film and related subjects.

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