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1 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Still from Hostel, Eli Roth, 2005

2 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Colloquial sadism: –Pleasure from the pain of others Today’s presentation –Explicit imagery –Implicit imagery

3 Wrap me up in sadist knot … What is sadism? –Adorno and Horkheimer –The practice of reason unchecked by ethics –Zizek - from Kant to Auschwitz? –Strict guidelines –Controlled environment Torture porn genre –Not capricious

4 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Models for sadistic characters –Doctor Josef Mengele –Ilse Koch Human skin Karl Otto Koch Prosecuted three times More than 40 inmates killed for their tattooed skin

5 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Dead Ringers, David Cronenberg, 1988 –Beverly and Elliot Mantel –Gynecologists/fertility –“avatars of both Mengele and his victims” (Gomel and Weninger) –Monsters from within –“Nazi doctor … medico-horror tales” (Joan Hawkins)

6 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS, Don Edmonds, 1975 –Naziploitation genre –Composite of Ilse Koch and Mengele –Male anxiety –A woman “on top”

7 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS, Don Edmonds, 1975 –Misogyny projected in reverse –The monstrous-feminine (see Barbara Creed) –Evil = a woman with agency –Ilse Koch as the “liberated woman”

8 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS, Don Edmonds, 1975 –1951 psychiatric assessment of Koch –“vengeance … not having been born as a man.” See Marc Lanval “Ilse Koch - Sex Terrorist.”

9 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Torture Porn –David Edelstein “Now Playing at your Local Multiplex: Torture Porn.” New York Magazine (Jan. 28, 2006) –Genre tropes: Confined space Dismemberment/mutilation Tortured physically, emotionally, and psychologically Victims compelled to commit violence against others Perpetrator clinical sadist –intelligent, cool, calm, and collected –Meticulously execute plans –Governed by a code, or set of rules No resolution (i.e., order isn’t restored)

10 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Torture Porn –Critical framing Video games –Saw, James Wan, 2004 Post 9/11 era –Hostel, Eli Roth, 2005 –Abu Gharib, Guantánamo Bay –Why do they hate us so much?

11 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Hostel, Eli Roth, 2005 –Josh and Paxton Book-smart Sense of entitlement –Elite Hunting Sadistic tastes of the rich Slovakian factory

12 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Hostel, Eli Roth, 2005 –Distinct traces of the Holocaust –Bloodhound –Blood-type

13 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Hostel, Eli Roth, 2005 –Echoing the profile of the concentration camp –Stacks of bodies –crematorium

14 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Hostel: Part II, Eli Roth, 2007 –Discarding personal effects –Looting from deportees

15 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Confluence of cinematic history –Takashi Miike –Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust, 1980) –Quentin Tarantino Hostel producer Inglourious Basterds, 2009 The Jew Bear Golem

16 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Marathon Man, John Schlesinger, 1976 –Narrative content and mise-en- scene –Innocent character vs. a sadist –Babe (similar to Josh and Paxton) –Christian Szell - Nazi war criminal

17 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Christian Szell –Josef Mengele - the Angel of Death –Sadist disposition –Torture porn genre

18 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Marathon Man, John Schlesinger, 1976 –Meticulously planned –Babe’s striped pajamas

19 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Marathon Man, John Schlesinger, 1976 Hostel, Eli Roth, 2005

20 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Marathon Man and Torture Porn –Everydayness of the objects –The order of things is undone –“oven,” “shower,” lampshade,” “soap” (see Elaine Scarry’s The Body in Pain) –Science/medicine

21 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Michael Haneke’s films –Good vs. evil –Retrospectively classified as torture porn –Funny Games 1997/2007 –Cache (2005) Max Silverman –“one event … in the light of another” Gamesmanship and sadism

22 Wrap me up in sadist knot … Michael Haneke’s films –Pasolini’s Salò or Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds –Complicity in voyeuristic thrill –The White Ribbon (2009) “It’s a film about the roots of evil” “We are capable of everything” –Speaks next to –Uncomfortably close to evil –Manichean worldview has faltered


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