Screening the Tortured Body

The Cinema as Scaffold

  • Mark de Valk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Mark de Valk
    Pages 1-5
  3. State Evisceration/Tortured Flesh

  4. The Subjugated Body-Politic as Spectacle

  5. Framing Spectator Reception of State Retribution

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 337-342

About this book


Inspired by Michel Foucault’s examination of state subjugation and control, this book considers post-structuralist notions of the ‘political technology of the body’ and 'the spectacle of the scaffold' as a means to analyse cinematic representations of politically-motivated persecution and bodily repression. Through a critique of sovereign power and its application of punishment ‘for transgressions against the state’, the collected works, herein, assess the polticised-body via a range of cinematic perspectives. Imagery, character construction and narrative devices are examined in their account of hegemonic-sanctioned torture and suppression as a means to a political outcome. Screening The Tortured Body: The Cinema as Scaffoldelicits philosophical and cultural accounts of the ‘retrained’ body to deliberate on a range of politicised films and filmmakers whose narratives and mise-en-scène techniques critique corporeal subjugation by authoritarian factions.


State Torture The Body Subjugation Politicised Cinema Power Control

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark de Valk
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of ArtsThe University of WinchesterWinchesterUnited Kingdom

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