Objectively violent: the cinema of Pablo Trapero

Mulliken, Douglas (2018) Objectively violent: the cinema of Pablo Trapero. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis identifies and analyses the function of violence in the films of screenwriter-director Pablo Trapero. It does this by examining different understandings of the concept of violence itself — with a particular emphasis placed on Slavoj Žižek’s concept of objective violence — and how it is represented on-screen in Trapero’s films. The work is divided into two parts, each consisting of two chapters. Each of the four chapters focuses on a pair of the director’s films; in each case the first film analysed introduces motifs and themes which the later film then expands upon and intensifies. Part I locates violence within the context of what Althusser defines as the State Apparatus, focusing on the diverse manifestations of the State’s power generally. Further, this section analyses the way in which Trapero’s films demonstrate the State’s manipulation of its subjects through repressive and ideological means for its own benefit. Part II tightens the thesis’s focus, examining Trapero’s representation of one specific ideological apparatus: the family unit. This section approaches different manifestations of the family and, using Deleuze and Guattari’s theories of Oedipal and rhizomatic families, considers the ways in which the family structure itself can be used as both a means of repression and, in certain cases, a means of resistance. This thesis contends that, through his representation of objective violence, Pablo Trapero has emerged as a distinctly political filmmaker. By focusing on several previously under-studied elements of Trapero’s films this thesis highlights the ways in which the director’s work represents present-day concerns about social inequalities and injustice in neoliberal Argentina on-screen. Finally, this work examines how Trapero combines aspects of Argentina’s long tradition of political film with elements of Nuevo Cine Argentino to create a unique political voice.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Argentine film, cinema of Argentina, Pablo Trapero, violence, film and philosophy, family.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Hispanic Studies
Supervisor's Name: Heise, Dr. Tatiana and Martin-Jones, Professor David
Date of Award: 2018
Embargo Date: 8 May 2022
Depositing User: Dr Douglas Mulliken
Unique ID: glathesis:2018-9066
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 13:50
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 07:50
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.9066
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/9066

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