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Haneke, Moral Violence and Morbid Curiosity
Haneke, Moral Violence and Morbid Curiosity

Author(s): Damian Cox, Michael P. Levine
Subject(s): Aesthetics, Studies in violence and power, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Trivent Publishing
Keywords: Spectatorship; Entertainment Violence; Moral Violence; Psychoanalysis; Michael Haneke;

Summary/Abstract: This paper contrasts two forms of violence depicted in film: entertainment violence and moral violence. To a first approximation, moral violence is a form of interpersonal aggression aimed at causing moral injury. We claim that what distinguishes entertainment violence from moral violence is that entertainment violence is a satisfying or fitting object of morbid curiosity. Moral violence typically isn’t such a thing. We explore how moral violence works in two films of Michael Haneke: Funny Games (1997, 2007) and The White Ribbon (2009).

  • Issue Year: 4/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 41-57
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English