Graphic cinematic violence is a magnet for controversy. From
passionate defenses to outraged protests, theories abound
concerning this defining feature of modern film: Is it art or
exploitation, dangerous or liberating?
Screening Violence provides an even-handed examination of the
history, merits, and effects of cinematic "ultraviolence." Movie
reviewers, cinematographers, film scholars, psychologists, and
sociologists all contribute essays exploring topics such as:
-- the origins and innovations of film violence and attempts to
-- Hollywood's Production Code and the evolution of the ratings
-- the explosion of screen violence following the 1967 releases of
Bonnie and Clyde and The Dirty Dozen, and the lasting effects of
these landmark films
-- the aesthetics of increasingly graphic screen violence
-- the implications of our growing desensitization to murder and
mayhem, from The Wild Bunch to The Terminator
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