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Rolling Thunder: On the Spatial Politics of Border Crossing in Transcultural Media

  • Ivo RitzerEmail author
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Abstract

A man sits in the dark. He stares at a screen. He is watching something terrifying. George C. Scott stars as Jake VanDorn, a devout Calvinist and prosperous businessman from the country, who travels under a false identity to Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco to the porno underworld in search of his missing daughter. Posing as an important producer of adult movies, he finds himself in a criminal S/M subculture that produces snuff movies: that is movies, in which people are killed while the camera is running. Such a snuff movie is shown to VanDorn in a dark backroom. It depicts how a woman in bondage accessories is tied up by a man with a whip and abused until another person suddenly enters the scene and stabs the man. The newcomer immediately kills the young woman as well. After he removes the leather mask from her face, he uses a dagger-like knife to slit the throat of the victim who is screaming for help. And that is how the film ends.

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List of Films

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universität BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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