Flood, MG ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7858-606X (2017) Torture in Word and Image: Inhuman Acts in Resnais and Pontecorvo. Cinema Journal. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article examines the interplay of word and image in two depictions of torture during the Algerian War: Muriel (Alain Resnais, 1963) and The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966). While Resnais offers the spectator a desynchronized sound-image sequence wherein torture is narrated verbally, Pontecorvo’s depiction shuns words, instead offering soft focus close-ups accompanied by soaring classical overtures. Drawing primarily on Jacques Rancière’s work on history, cinema, and the idea of the unrepresentable, this article argues that the director’s choice to privilege either the verbal or the visual illuminates deeper concerns around gender, discursive violence, and the cinematic representation of the inhuman.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Cinema Journal following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version will be available through the University of Texas Press.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cinema, France, Italy, european cinema
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 08:26
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 10:03
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3936

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