Novoa 2010 Awakenings

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Author: Adriana Novoa

Title: Rough Awakenings

Subtitle: Unconscious Women and Rape in Kill Bill and Talk to Her

In: Rape in Art Cinema

Edited by: Dominique Russell

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Continuum

Year: 2010

Pages: 83-97

Series: Continuum Film Studies

ISBN-10: 082642967X (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780826429674 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781441109774 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781441116147 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 21st Century | Spanish History, U.S. History | Representations: Films / Kill Bill, Talk to Her



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Author: Adriana Novoa, Department of History, University of South FloridaAcademia.edu

Abstract: »Adriana Novoa takes up another mythical rape story in her analysis of Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her Comparing it to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill vol. 1, she shows how the myth of Sleeping Beauty undergirds both films. The unconscious woman supposes woman's availability and passivity in the former, her dangerous in the latter. Both, however, can be understood as expressions of fantasies imposed on women. "One shows the power of female helplessness, the other of female omnipotence, two sides of the same coin." Like Lars von Trier, Almodóvar presents love as not necessarily reciprocal, but driven by one person's obsession. Where Almodóvar works to divert the spectator's attention from the rape (and leaves his character unaware of her experience), Tarantino follows the pattern of the rape revenge film, graphically and gorily displaying both rape and its consequences.« (Dominique Russell. »Introdution: Why Rape?« Rape in Art Cinema. Edited by Dominique Russell. New York: 2010: 9-10)

Wikipedia: Pedro Almodóvar: Talk to Her; Quentin Tarantino: Kill Bill Volume 1


Added: December 27, 2014 – Last updated: December 27, 2014