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Kathleen Murphy

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Josef von Sternberg’s The Devil Is a Woman (1935), Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie and Luis Bunuel’s Belle de Jour (1967), Tristana (1970), and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) can be described as theatres of cruelty, in which the objects of human desire are displayed, withheld, surrendered, withdrawn. Each of these directors created idiosyncratic cinematic forms in which to play out the central drama of sadomasochism. Each observed those forms from a position of amusement, rueful, savage, perverse, detached. As audience, practicing guiltless voyeurism, we may find ourselves lost in light or darkness, depending on the ways in which these artists imagine "the collision between desire and the object of desire." --Text sourced from [1]

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