Saturday, February 17, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 5: In Wolf's Clothing


Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction.

In chapter 4 of Films of the New French Extremity, Alexandra West examined movies that explore the relationships have with women, people of color, and/or those seen as being in lower classes, particularly in terms of sexuality.  Not surprisingly, such exploration finds these relationships to be fundamentally flawed as they are measured by their value to straight, white, men.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 4: Body Commodification


Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction.

In the last installment, Alexandra West guided us through the films of Gaspar Noe that dare audiences to reflect on the vile and brutal realities that many people in France would have liked to have kept in the shadows after World War II.  For my part, I acknowledged that while Noe's films have cultural significance, I probably wouldn't have the stomach to visit them myself.