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Scott Bukstein <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 18 Apr 1994 21:17:24 -0500
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        In response to Sterling Chen's criticizm of Jordan Stein's defense
of a previouse critisism, I also beleive that the problem with violence in
film is the ability of the audience to interpret violent images.
        As someone who has read alot on psychological sudies of mass
population, I am very aware that we all have violent tedencies that we
repress.  A study in 1961 was commisioned in an effort to understand why
Nazi German sosiety could be so cruel.  The subject was told to administer
a shock to someone who had trouble learning how to perform a task.
Although no one was hurt, all subjects proved capable of immense brutality
if given the chance.  I beleive that if we express our violence if film
and liturature, people in general will be less violent.  I have not seen
"Man Bites Dog" but Jordan has a point.  Without violent imagery, would
"Schindler's List" have been at all as powerful as it was?