(Article changed on January 3, 2013 at 19:12)
(Article changed on January 2, 2013 at 17:55)
(an inquest into cruelty)
I have a dream. I want to see an episode in one of the new James Bond movies. Here comes James; he just had killed several really bad guys. One of them he strangled with his bare hands. James had just washed himself, changed into an exquisite suite and now he approaches a stunning woman, half- naked with all that magnificent skin. She already trembles with desire when he offers her to join him in his Paradise room. He turns towards the elevator, sure that she follows him when he hears that word:
The woman looks at him in disgust. She then addresses her companion, a meager man with glasses:
-Those murderers, they are so disgusting and they don't even know that.
What a scene that would be! I bet James would have had a heart attack and with him the whole cruelty- based entertainment industry would have collapsed. The effect would be so profound that maybe they would even delay the Oscars.
Through my tenure in the US, surrounded by the sea of entertainment one thing is permanent- women adore violent and cruel people. The above scenario is as impossible in the US movie industry as an English Royal shown as a bastard. Not a chance.
As a man of two cultures I had noticed one interesting feature of the US scripts, whether on TV or on main cinema: they are painstakingly honest about everyday tendencies in people's lives. The story itself usually is sloppy or stupid but everyday details are impeccable. US scriptwriters never had a need to hide the realities of the people's ways and means- there is no such thing as national pride also truth is for sale. This unique American feature (also West European to lesser extent) makes it possible to perform fascinating observations and come to stunning conclusions.
Like for instance- cruelty scores. The guy who on the screen kills, maims and mutilates can be sure that he gets the girl. Gone are the times when such activity repulsed; it is now an aphrodisiac. Smell of blood is an attraction. It is also "the usual'. In the prominent movie " Mr. and Mrs. Smith' two murderers live together as a couple apparently without knowing about each- others activities. Works fine even after they found out. Makes the bond stronger. No bad feelings.
Sometimes cruelty is subtle. In another popular movie "Black Swan' cruelty is performed with good intentions. The company director sexually harasses the young ballerina in the name of art. She must relax and uncover her true dark sexuality or she would never be able to perform. That's his motto. If Tchaikovsky, the composer or Marius Petipah, the first director of the Swan Lake would have seen this they both would have shot the bastard, but now we all rejoice and the movie gets even Oscar rewards.
Perpetual cruelty is exercised in so -- called suspense thrillers, sometimes even without purpose. In the movie "Enemy Of The State' the hunting CIA team in the heat of the hunt violently attacks a bystander, just to discharge the frustration -- and nobody seems to mind. In the overwhelming majority of those movies protagonists either torture other people or just inflict pain in other ways. In the movie "Taken' an apparently good guy shoots at the wife of a person in front of that person. Granted, that person was a corrupt policeman but the act is the act. I had never read a review of such movie ( after it was released) criticizing or just lamenting the encroaching cruelty. That is considered a necessary thing to have.
One of the most disgusting forms of cruelty perpetrated is the one presented as the virtue and necessity. In the famous movie " A Girl With A Dragon Tattoo' the main female character tortures a man and then carves a message on his chest. Of course, that man was a horrible bastard and abuser but it does feel uneasy that such girl goes around as if nothing happens. In other movies people are tortured by putting a gun at their heads or into their mouths, by pointing guns at their children, all on routine basis.
In the so- called war movies CIA torturing had become routine, it is frequently administered in all gory details. I believe it is also sometimes deliberately exaggerated, as if those scriptwriters add their own inner sadism to the story. Routinely and regularly people are hit, shot, intimidated and blackmailed my all kinds of "good guys and gals' in the alleged pursuit of justice.
Cruelty by women, for women and of women is a separate and highly luxurious set applied in the Hollywood movies. The artificiality of that cruelty is obvious but nobody cares. It is quite stupid to assume that such characters as the ones in the " Kill Bill' would exist or even survive in reality but the everyday life atmosphere MAKES THEM REAL and cruelty goes gaga. Sex always goes hand-in- hand with cruelty in those movies. Women are sexually harassed or raped openly on the screen like, for instance, in the series about sex slave trades. The intentions could be good but the result is the opposite- the scenes where girls are raped demonstrate the techniques openly asking for the following down to the book. On the other side there is an abundance of cruelty committed by women. Women kill, mutilate, torture and kick butts. One of the most popular is hitting men on genitalia; guys look so funny when they cringe. I would advise some of my readers to try to do it to themselves; it is not a funny feeling at all. Hot teenage girls hitting boys in private places while doing blowjobs at the same time is the ideal role model for our future strong females.