I haven’t kept up on the new criterion releases in a while. Had no idea they did Night of the Hunter. Will get that one for sure. Last Year At Marienbad and Night and Fog are two of the better movies I don’t own. Now’s the time to make that happen too.
mostly because the entire point of artaud’s “cruelty” (i.e. affect) is based on theatrical elements outside of the narrative (lights, sound, movement), whereas von trier’s “cruelty” (i.e. manipulation) is based purely within narrativity
true, and i think artaud considered cinema to be a ‘cheap’ conduit for cruelty, but i’d still argue that von trier is aiming for that ‘effect’ albeit misreading and misinterpreting artaud’s original intent. then again, i know someone who works at a theatre in san francisco and they lowered the temperature for the antichrist screening and even turned off the emergency lights, creating a very black, and very cold room (a la friedkin’s exorcist screenings), which i think is more in line with the ‘affect’
well, naturally that’s more in line with affect, but that’s not something inherent to the film; that’s someone who works at a theater who is clearly awesome. i think the cinematic heritage of artaud can be traced to zulawski & then through the “new french extreme,” specifically grandrieux.
check out Martine Beugnet’s Cinema and sensation : French film and the art of transgression
yes, clearly awesome, tho he was instructed to do so by a publicist, not his manager, which is interesting. i don’t know much about grandrieux, but when i hear ‘new french extreme’ i think of a film like baise-moi, and if artaud can be traced thru something like that then i think he can be traced thru something like antichrist. thanks for the beugent suggestion, i’ll check it out.