Thakkar, Amit (2011) Cine de choque:image culture, the absence of the patriarch and violence in Alejandro Amenábar's "Abre los ojos" (1997). New Cinemas, 9 (1). pp. 19-34.Full text not available from this repository.
This article proposes that Alejandro Amenábar's Abre los ojos (1997) is an example of what I term cine de choque, a specifically Hispanophone category of film in which the word choque – translatable as “crash”, “shock” or “clash” in English – informs both theme and aesthetics. In this particular example of cine de choque, an aesthetic is created on the basis of a structure in which lulls are almost as important as the film's crash, shocks and clashes. The film's lull–choque–lull aesthetic, I argue, emphasizes the allure of image and false explanations in the life of the protagonist César. This allure is partly explained by the absence of authoritative, patriarchal figures: both his parents are dead and the older male figures which compete for his attention prove to be unreliable. The resulting evocation of a culturally and historically orphaned youth culture in Spain helps to contextualize the film's acts of violence.
|Journal or Publication Title:||New Cinemas|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Crash ; Film studies ; aesthetics ; violence ; Spain ; Patriarchy ; Image ; Choque|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures|
|Deposited By:||Dr Amit Thakkar|
|Deposited On:||08 Nov 2010 09:18|
|Last Modified:||05 Feb 2016 00:03|
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