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“War, Art Cinema and What Images Can Do,” The Review

Posted: May 25, 2016

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dd29950c-eee7-49cf-a069-9912253ba360“Arguably, the exponential proliferation of still and moving images has relentlessly pushed against the boundaries of what is deemed provocative, untenable, unacceptable. Today, the global mainstream audience seems numbed with regards to the pain of others and the abominations of war. The filmed (and suspiciously, meticulously art directed) execution videos produced by ISIS are a morbidly glaring symptom of the internalized permissiveness of spectators. These videos enact, in real life, the plot motifs and dramaturgies of video games and war fictions, presented as the “most” horrible, the “most” evil.”


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