Flood, MG (2019) Torture in Word and Image: Inhuman Acts in Resnais and Pontecorvo. JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, 58 (3). pp. 26-48. ISSN 0009-7101

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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 the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via University of Texas Press at https://doi.org/10.1353/cj.2019.0021 - Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
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: 03 Jun 2019 11:48
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3936

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