Film Analysis

1. In their manifesto “Towards a Third Cinema,” Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas reflect on how the power of the colonizer is internalized. They write: “If you want to be a man, says the oppressor, you have to be like me, speak my language, deny your own being, transform yourself into me.” How does this clip reflect the internalization of power, the power of language and enculturation? How does this relate to the film’s central themes? (Parasite 57:15-1:03:00)
2. Representations of violence present us with an ethical dilemma as to how to convey acts of traumatic experiences or horrific events. Some filmmakers choose to address violence indirectly while others suggest that violence is liberating. For Glauber Rocha “aesthetics violence” is revolutionary. He argued: “The moment of violence is the moment when the colonizer becomes aware of the existence of the colonized. Only when they are confronted by violence can colonizers understand, through horror, the strength of the culture they exploit.”  Choose TWO of the following films and compare how they each film treats violence. Is the violence addressed directly or indirectly; does the film present us with physical, psychological, ideological, or a combination of various forms of violence?  What is the effect?
(Atlantique, Midnight Traveller, Parasite, Divine Intervention, Nostalgia For the Light)