Reservoir Dogs and Rewriting the Aesthetic of Violence
Image: Deviant Art.
Locate three cinematic or televisual images to support each of Henry A. Giroux’s representations (or types) of onscreen violence. Underneath each (you should have a total of nine), explain how the image fits the category in which you've placed it. NOTE: Choose films or series NOT mentioned in this essay. Hint: look at works from the twenty-first century.
For you, what is the most interesting point J.P. Telotte makes about Reservoir Dogs in his short essay "Fatal Capers: Strategy and Enigma in Film Noir"? Briefly explain.
With which of the three articles on Reservoir Dogs you most align yourself: Giroux’s reading of a racist and rather naive Tarantino, J.P. Telotte’s explanation of the changes Tarantino made to the heist formula, or Nicola Rehling’s analysis of white male violence and the instability and inauthenticity of white men? Why? In your response, be sure to explain why you do NOT favor the other two essays (as much).
Graduate Students Only
Giroux's essay was published in 1995. Does his argument about "white moral panic" still hold up? If so, locate a recent image or two that represents this form of racism and fear. Underneath, explain how it supports Giroux’s theory.
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