Ideology Critique in American Literature and Film during the Seventies
Illuminer à la Fois l’Intérieur et l’Extérieur des Hommes
Misuse and Abuse of Authority
An Analysis of Sadistic Authorities
A complete film-maker should be able to appeal to all facets of human existence. The sensual as well as the cerebral. If you do get this mixture together properly, you have a perfect example of healing the Cartesian schism. You have something that appeals to the intellect and to the viscera.19
« L'homme est double comme sa destinée, il y a en lui un animal et une intelligence, une âme et un corps; en un mot, il est le point d'intersection […] » Hugo outlines the goal of art is to open up a double horizon for the spectator which illuminates the inside and the outside at the same time.20 The similarity between Hugo’s and Cronenberg’s perception of the task of art is stunning as both share the same vision. The foundation of this argument is that art aims at healing the Cartesian schism whereas power seeks to keep it apart. This argument is partitioned in two sections and the first section explores the early seventies whereas the second section focuses on the late seventies. The three works discussed in the first section are Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left, Peter Watkins’s Punishment Park, and Hubert Selby, Jr.’s The Room. The three works in the second section are Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, Gustav Hasford’s The Short-Timers and George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. These six disparate works will be...
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