Violence in film

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Many films nowadays contain plenty of violence but it is not a new phenomenon. Films in recent times seem to use more blood and gore but the level of violence is the same. Violence does not necessarily need to be gory but simply the act of harming another on screen in violent.

Looking back at the early Bond films with Sean Connery he would often hit women in that and even though watching it back it seems comedic it was still a level of violence. In 1971 A Clockwork Orange was released and was subsequently banned in the UK by its own director Stanley Kubrick. After a copy cat incident Kubrick deemed the film too violent to be shown and this ban was only lifted after his death in 1999. The film itself does not dwell of blood or gore but the simple use of sexual violence is enough to make the audience gasp.

More recently the director Quentin Tarantino has been known for making particularly violent and bloody films including Reservoir dogs, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained. There films are very bloody and violent but I feel that the violence is justified. The films genre merit violence. Inglorious Bastards is a film set during World War Two so who was surprised by the horrific violence used. Same with his other films being crime, revenge and western. They are hardly films suitable for children so the violence is justified.

Many people think that cinema violence and real life violence is linked. That could be the case but I think that is unlikely. Yes A Clockwork Orange caused copycats but the people who copied teh actions may have been abused with violence in the past. And violence is hardly new to the human race so we can’t put the blame on movies.

In Rome they would watch Gladiators fight to the death for entertainment. There has been plenty of wars, violent crimes, football hooliganism and nowadays we watch boxing, wrestling and martial arts for entertainment. Many films do contain a great deal of violence but it is hardly the filmmakers to blame. Violence would exist with or without violent cinema.


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