The Sexual Violence of Sam | Peckinpahs

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Sample AbstractsExample 1: “Angel Trumpets and Devil Trombones” !: Harmony and Dichotomy: Music andViolence in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork OrangeStanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971) is a film in which music is a primary theme,however this important element has often been masked from critical reception. Throughoutthe film, Kubrick deploys a juxtapositional soundtrack which acutely contrasts to thedepicted screen violence, this in turn suggests the acceptance of abhorrent brutality whichquestions the spectator’s condemnation of violence. Further to this it is tenable to arguethat disorienting the spectator’s supposition to violence results in a reaction of emotionaland sensory confusion, this ultimately leads to shock and repulsion. To further understandthe effect the soundtrack has upon the spectator it is necessary to contextualise thesoundtrack of Kubrick’s film with other inherently violent contemporary films on the 1970’s.The sexual violence of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs is accompanied by an associativedissonant score whereas Kubrick’s account is contradictorily presented with Alex’s stylisticcrooning of Singing' in The Rain. This is reflective of the potential enjoyment gained frombrutality, the realisation of this enhances the spectator’s ultimate castigation of violence.Example 2: With reference to Bart Simpson and Sideshow Bob, hasThe Simpsonsbeensimply a comical reflection of the culture wars in America, or has it made a seriouscontribution?This extended essay examines whetherThe Simpsonshas made a serious contribution to thedeep-rooted and far-reaching culture wars in America; battles between orthodox andprogressive views and the country’s struggle with social changes that began in the 1960s. Bydelving into the history of Fox,The Simpsonsand the television landscape in America, thisessay considers the external influences and limitations onThe Simpsons’ contribution. Tounderstand howThe Simpsonscould be seen as more than simply a comical reflection of theAmerican culture wars, this account assesses the differing political and ideologicalviewpoints of the creators ofThe Simpsons, Fox and Rupert Murdoch – left-wing versusright-wing – whilst investigating the ongoing battle between highbrow elitism and lowbrowmass culture, and how this is represented inThe Simpsons’ characters Bart Simpson andSideshow Bob. With added insight into pop and alternative culture, this extended essayutilises available literature, journal and newspaper articles, relevant episodes from the showand other salient sources, to evaluate the extent of its contribution to the culture wars anddiscovers thatThe Simpsons’ core purpose extends far beyond simple comedy.Example 3: How the manipulation of time through the use of non-linear narrativestructure creates a more intricate and compelling story for the audience.This extended essay looks at the role time plays in the progression of a film’s narrative. Itwill focus on the aspect of non-linear structures and how time is manipulated in order toreach an understanding of complex narratives. This study will focus on one particularfilmmaker, Christopher Nolan, to compare the different techniques they have used to tellnon-linear stories in different films, as well as what inspired them to embrace this style of
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