Response to a Film Clip watched in Class

This is to response one of the  film clips that we watched in class, i specifically don’t remember the name of the film but i do remember the film’s narrative leaving an impact on me.

The film opens with a woman seen in a white dress curbed with a lot of different emotions, i noticed pleasure conforming in to pain.

The idea of pain and the visuals of that film gave me another angle to see and feel pain, recently when i read a book ‘The Body in Pain’ by Elaine Scarry. She defines the idea of pain very similar to what i felt while watching the film, the woman dying in the end of the scene, was the most absolute definer of reality as the writer also discusses in her book, that there is no reality besides pain especially for the person who is going through that pain; if it hurts, it must be real. However if one sees pain in a fictional pictorial form, it suggests torture is used to show  politically power and command in physical forms in films..

Elaine also explains in her book that the reality of the one who is being tortured is reduced to an awareness of pain, while the torturer’s world remains fully present. This is realized most emphatically when the need of information is in the motive, for physical torture. The torturer insists on questions that for the tortured are no longer of any concern and body becomes a prisoner of its fate where there is a constant war of survival that one notices.


The above shot is an evidence to the idea of torture which i discussed earlier, taken from a famous film “perfume the Murderer” where the murderer tortures women repeatedly in the film, strips down woman’s body naked to preserve scent as a collection of his obsession.


One thought on “Response to a Film Clip watched in Class

  1. The film was Quills. You saw the opening scene where an aristocratic woman was executed. This film was not really about pain as real or unreal. Torture was not something the director focused on. Power pleasure and pain were intertwined in the first scene, however. It would be good to do some research on the film and maybe see the opening scene again before comparing it to an external reference…


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