SCREEN-L Archives

November 1994, Week 2


Options: Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Reply To:
Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 9 Nov 1994 09:59:33 CST
text/plain (17 lines)
----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> In a recent discussion on the merrits of _Pulp Fiction_ a friend refused to
> recognize any experience of guilt at enjoying and even reveling in the violent
> episodes and yet admitted guilt about laughing at the racial slurs.  He then
> went on to accuse me of being hypersensitive and unable to properly
> make a distinction between reality and fantasy and said that it was o.k. to
> feel guilt for having pity for Ralf Fiennes'(sp?) character in _Schindler's
> list_ because it was based on a true story.  Does this strike anyone else
> as odd and perhaps even a wrong (or at least a restrictive) way to view cinema
> or am I the odd duck in the mix?  Is guilt commonly experienced by others
> through anti-hero identification?  I've always contended that for one reason
> or another that was the point of such flicks-- to jar you emotionally.
Nah, I don't think you're an odd duck, but unfortunately most of the
people on the list have been swallowed in the hype-pool surrounding QT
and PF and it seems that thery're just plain too excited to feel guilty.