Re: RARA-AVIS: Bruen and the Tinkers

Date: 21 Mar 2005

Al wrote:

"The level of violence most people are comfortable with on screen is quite different from what it was, say, in the '50s. People are no different, so it must be what they're accustomed to viewing that's responsible."

Tied to the escalation of violence in sociey overall. Which leads to an odd situation in the last decade or so -- crime rates have been going steadily down while movie violence has become more explicit.

"If you watched [the teeth on the curb scene in American History X] 100 times and didn't turn away, . . ."

The only way that would happen is if someone strapped me down with my eyes pried open like Alex in Clockwork Orange.

". . . I'd wager that the 100th time wouldn't affect you as badly as the first."

I'm not so sure. Some film images no longer get to me like they once did, but if it presses my personal buttons, it still does. For instance, I've seen Un Chein Aadalou numerous times, and the eye-slitting scene still gets to me, even after I knew exactly how it was done.

"Me, too. Most fictional violence doesn't bother me too much, because I tend to remain pretty detached when I'm watching movies or reading books, but I'd struggle to watch footage of an act of graphic violence if it was video evidence, say, in a criminal case where I was on jury duty."

I stopped watching the evening news when I was kid because of Vietnam footage. I never reacquired the habit, even after I came to enjoy fictional filmed violence.


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