The nature of violence. 10 foreign films – analytical portal POLIT.RU

Throughout the month and a half since the start of the Special Operation in Ukraine, the degree of tension in Russian society is increasing. film critic Kirill Safronov has put together a selection of films that expose the nature of violence, because he is sure that as soon as we begin to see a demon in another person, we leave pure evil in our souls.

400 strokes / Les quadrants πραξικοπήματα (Francois Truffaut, 1959)

Antoine is twelve. He is a hooligan and brave, but he has already realized that in this world there is no one to defend him. The mother has another relationship, the father hides his head at work, the teacher only does what he punishes. The name of the image refers to the French expression, which means that constant misfortunes are poured on a person’s head.

It is necessary to watch those who have forgotten that not only all of us, but all of our problems come from childhood.

Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)

Alex, along with his gang, rages in the city and after the murder of a woman, ends up in prison and undergoes special treatment to suppress the subconscious desire for violence. An iconic adaptation of Stanley Kubrick’s novel by Anthony Burgess.

Everyone has to watch.

Aguirre, the wrath of God / Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (Werner Herzog, 1972)

A large contingent of Spanish-occupiers and Peruvian Indians (about two and a half thousand people in total) leave Peru to reach the mythical “golden country” of El Dorado, according to claims. lost in the countless swamps of the Amazon basin.

It is necessary to look at all who are interested – what is in the head of a tyrant who has been possessed by a crazy idea.

Salon or 120 days Sodom / Salon or the 120 days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975)

Returning the Marquis de Sade’s novel, Pasolini takes the action to the 1944-45 decade, in the fascist “Republic of Salo” in northern Italy, where members of high society humiliate, ridicule, torture, torture young men and women who gathered to thank . a perverted elite that feels its rapid death.

A must see for anyone interested in what tolerance looks like.

Apocalypse Now / Francis Ford Coppola, 1979

Captain Ben Willard, immersed in alcohol intoxication, is assigned to a meeting at the headquarters. A new order – you can again forget yourself in the fire of battle, driving the thoughts of death out of your mind. But the task turns out to be far more formidable than anything else that could have caused the captain’s conscience to go into a frenzy. He is sent up to Cambodia for a special mission: to find and kill the mad Colonel Kurtz, who has created something like his own cult in the jungle.

Anyone interested in the subject of heresies (in the broadest sense of the word) should attend.

Mephisto / Mephisto (Istvan Szabo, 1981)

Renowned actor Hendrik Hoffgen is tired of theatrical conventions of light entertainment and is looking for something more revolutionary in Brecht’s spirit. But the glory is not. Desperate Hendrik sells his soul, but not to the Devil, but to the Nazis, since the thirst for glory is stronger than the hatred for the invaders.

A must see for anyone interested in a modernized version of the Faust legend.

Dogville / Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)

The story of the revered inhabitants of the small town of Dogville, who resorted to a fugitive Grace, fleeing from the gangsters. And they turned her into a slave.

Necessary attention for anyone who underestimates the corruptive power of the crowd.

Experiment 2: Wave / Die Welle (Dennis Ganzel, 2008)

The film is based on a book describing the actual Third Wave experiment, conducted by a history teacher in 1967 in Palo Alto, California.

The action takes place in a German high school, where the teacher decides to show the students how easy it is to manipulate the masses. Introduces strict rules and improves classroom discipline, encourages students to wear uniform and logo. During the week, classmates spy on each other and try to impose rules on those who do not want to follow them.

A must watch for anyone interested in how people become fascists.

White Ribbon / The White Band (Michael Haneke, 2009)

In 1913, shortly before World War I, a series of mysterious events take place in a German village. A local teacher tries to find them all.

Anyone interested in why people grow up to be fascists should watch it.

Our mothers, our fathers / Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter (Philip Kadelbach, 2013)

June 1941. Five friends meet in a small café in Berlin to take off the three on the East Front. They are young, they believe that the whole world is in front of them, you just have to conquer it. And then hell begins.

It should be watched by all those who still believe that after compromising with his conscience, one can try to remain a normal person.

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