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Articles from 14(2)/2015

The Impure Cinema and the Provocative and Infamous Films of Lars von Trier

Doru POP


This paper was part of the special feature panel of the Provocation as Art conference (Cluj 28-29 May 2015), dedicated to the philosophy and aesthetics of Lars von Trier’s cinema, with a special interest in the so called Depression Trilogy (Antichrist, Melancholia and Nymphomania... Read More

Keywords: pornographic representations, obscenity in cinema, Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac, pure and impure cinema

“Fill All My Holes”: Nymph()maniac’s Sadean Discourse



Lars von Trier’s exploration of pornography as a cinematic language Nymph()maniac (2013, 2014) culminates his long-term fascination with the Marquis de Sade. This paper argues that, as in Sade, the film’s real provocation lies not in eroticism but in its discourse of excess, its desire or compu... Read More

Keywords: Nymphomaniac, Sade, discourse, pornography, BDSM, Barthes, Hénaff

Provocation by Space: Shocking Images of Forest in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist



Rather than shocking images in the forest, this paper attempts to analyse the shocking images of the forest in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist (2009) and the role of space in creating an affection-image. In this film, von Trier seems to have reached a culmination of his aesthetics of se... Read More

Keywords: Antichrist, Lars von Trier, affection-image, Gilles Deleuze, film space

Grace as Provocation to Politically Correct Dogville: Von Trier’s Challenge of the Canons of Society



The aesthetics and poetics of Lars von Trier constantly provoke the audience. His movies are shifting the limits in visual arts and very often communicate with the audience through the effects of shock, whether targeted to aesthetic or moral values.

In Dogville,... Read More

Keywords: Dogville, Lars von Trier, provocation, subjective and objective violence

All the Jocks, Queens and Foxes: On the Fringes of the Male Hetero-Heterotopia in Von Trier’s “Depression Trilogy”



While heterosexual sex turns to be the frequent driving force and the litmus test of characters’ actions in Lars Von Trier’s “Depression Trilogy”, it is rarely given subjectivity. At least part of the blame lies in the filmmaker’s tendency to draw female protagonists as emblem... Read More

Keywords: heteronormative heterotopia, sexual bliss, gender / sex binarisms, depression, post-traumatic sex activity, queer

Sexual Abuse and Deviancy: Women Holocaust Survivors in Israeli Feature Films



Israeli feature films in the first decades of Israel were dominated by ideological considerations and focused on the importance of establishing a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. As part of this process, Holocaust survivors were reduced to a homogeneous negative entity, broken in body and in spirit tha... Read More

Keywords: Holocaust survivors, Israeli cinema, women

Weirdness, Feel-Bad and New Extremity in Contemporary European Film: the Examples of Greece, Austria, France and Romania



In this paper, I approach the question of the use of provocation based on elements like nakedness, sex, violence and weirdness in a number of contemporary films from Greece, Austria and Romania and compare them to the use of provocative elements in the New French Extremity wave. Indeed, these films seem t... Read More

Keywords: Feel-bad, provocation, New French Extremity, Greek Weird Wave, Romanian New Wave, Haneke, Seidl, Puiu, Mungiu, Lanthimos

The Romanian Communist Aesthetics of Sexuality



Starting from several foreign films that were banned or censored on grounds of obscenity in Romania during the 1960s and the 1970s, this study intends to capture the spirit of totalitarian communist censorship. Undermining the classical dissociation, this censorship placed a ban on erotic art, refusing to ... Read More

Keywords: Romanian Cinematography, Communism, Censorship, Eroticism, Political Surveillance, Socialist Bureaucracy

Representation of Rape in Almodóvar’s Cinema

Vladimir CERIĆ


This paper questions ethical, political and gender issues of representations of rape in films of Pedro Almodóvar. From the beginning of his career he deals with the effects of trauma through the lives of common people, and through their lives, he stresses the consequences and general effects of the ... Read More

Keywords: representation of rape, trauma, gender, Almodóvar

Sexuality in Comedy. Controversy and Clichés

Ileana Nicoleta SĂLCUDEAN, Claudia NEGREA


The interaction between humor and gender provides a wide variety of possible directions of research.

In the context of antihermeneutics psychoanalisis, materiality and meaning in Foucault terms are becoming porous and plastic realities. Sexuality as an “enigmatic signifier” (Jean Laplanche) render... Read More

Keywords: sexuality, comedy, antihermeneutics, clichés, controversy, sex taboos

Disturbing Representations in Cinema and the European Film Awards



In this paper, the attention was paid to the disturbing images representing aggressive and violent behavior in the movies awarded with the European Film Award. Among the winners of the EFA awards (1988-2014) is a greater number of representations of violent behavior and death, in various forms. Whether it i... Read More

Keywords: European film, disturbance, representation of violence, death punishment