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Narrative Outbreak in Contemporary Conflict Cinema: A Case Study of Steve McQueen’s Hunger

  • Alessandro Zir
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Abstract

The actual thrust of a conflict movie such as Steve McQueen’s Hunger (IE, GB, 2008) is not a political narrative or counter-narrative, but the structural tension in a series of intense, harsh and aggressive sounds followed by silence. In Hunger we see a process of emancipation of indicial (visual and audio) elements in relation to their narrative function. The process is a deconstruction—an outbreak against the conceptual unity of the movie, which enables the emergence of fragmentary, non-subjective ontological issues that are fundamental to aesthetic experience beyond its merely psychological and social dimensions. The essay starts with a theoretical discussion relying on authors such as Gilles Deleuze, André Bazin and Michel Chion, and shows the relevance of this deconstructive ontological perspective to cinema studies.

Keywords

Sugary Water Prison Officer Visual Culture Hunger Strike Aesthetic Issue 
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Filmography

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Zir
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  1. 1.Universidade Católica de PelotasPelotasBrazil

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