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‘Forget about all your taboos’: transgressive memory and Nazisploitation

‘Forget about all your taboos’: transgressive memory and Nazisploitation

Fiddler, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0695-6770 and Banwell, Stacy ORCID: 0000-0001-7395-2617 (2018) ‘Forget about all your taboos’: transgressive memory and Nazisploitation. Studies in European Cinema. ISSN 1741-1548 (Print), 2040-0594 (Online) (In Press) (doi:10.1080/17411548.2018.1456188)

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Abstract

Emerging from the Women in Prison genre of exploitation cinema, Nazisploitation - and the specifically Italian sadiconazista filone - of the late 1960s and 1970s utilised the backdrop of the concentration camps to tell eroticised stories of genocidal violence. In transforming human suffering into voyeuristic spectacle, whilst making simultaneous claims to verisimilitude, these films problematised notions of representation and entertainment. In this paper, we will unpack how this confusion of Grand Guignol and grindhouse excess produces a transgressive memory. Their use of archival footage from the camps situates them as outliers in Holocaust representation. They open up the dichotomies of structural-functionalist and ideological-intentionalist frameworks of explanation for the Holocaust. As such, they serve as useful points of departure to consider the interplay between real and reel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nazisploitation; Genre filmmaking; Sadiconazista; Verisimilitude; Holocaust film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Law
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2018 11:50
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT a
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19528

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