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I have loved you so long and what doesn't kill you.docx

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Department
Film
Course
FILM 1701
Professor
Gillian Helfield
Semester
Fall

Description
The worst prison is the death of ones child. Its easier for men. I have loved you so long (2008), names the director and actors. Scott Thomas has a lot of French films, even though she is British, different movies by her. Stated that she feels more French than british. What doesnt kil you, names directors and actors, Ethan Hawke (also a director and writer), Mark Ruffalo (also a write and director).etc. For the films this week, interestingly pick up where we left off last time in our theme of prison, both are about crime and criminals who go to prison but more specifically about what happens after they are released. The films last time were about life in prison itself, but not life out of prison. This lecture marks your out of prisons from this course. Beyond that, the both films represent the whole concept of prison itself, not just as place of confinement but also as a social institution, an ideology, a metaphor for the various constraints in our lives, emotional, psychological, social, cultural constraints by which we are bound. In many ways those constraints construct as a social subject, they tell us who we are and gives us our place in society and thereby shape our identities or even break those identities down. In most Hollywood films and indeed in many western cinemas produced in democratic nations, prison is depicted as antithetical to liberty and freedom, that makes given that when you are sent to prison your freedom is taken away, that is one of the main purposes and affects of the punishment. So there is a literal aspect to prisons opposition to freedom but also prison is antithetical to freedom as a value of social and national idea thats intrinsically related to other ideological values including democracy and individualism. So in that case, we are not just talking about the physical freedom that is limited or removed by prison but also intellectual freedom, social freedom and political freedom. Now of course a lot of how we feel about prison and how its represented in movies has to do not only with the political system of the nation in which the film is produced or the opinions of the film maker or the social or the political context of the time the film is made, if its made in deeply conservative times then prison might be seen as a good thing, social institution that helps to maintain control if only by locking up the criminals and keeping up save from them. If its made in very liberal times then we might look at prison as a bad thing, a machine that grinds the prisoners down, down and down , things to dehumanize and depersonalize them, to weed out rebellion, brutal the pressure resistance in spirit and thereby diminished difference in individuality, all under the guise of promoting respect and system and instilling or restoring the law and order. You can see how in account to cultural context, or a climate of protest or revolution, the prison can very easily be a metaphor for the establishment or the very institution of authority and power. In more extreme cases, such as an underground film made by the totalitarian or vacuous state, prison could be depicted as an instrument of that state, a tool of punishment but also political oppression, a means of caution resistance or dissonance. In I have loved you so long, prison is manifested in numerous ways, not as a physical institution in which Juliet is incarcerated but also a very social structure system by which she is constrained including thepatriarchal system we see throughout the film, places where men are primarily in positions of power and authority, in relation to women who are either marginalized or who come in second place regardless of their equal or even their superior accomplishments. And we see the idea that metaphorical prison is echoed elsewhere throughout the film in numerous other institutions and social structures which also constrain physical, psychological or emotional freedom and which delimit the individuality of various characters, for example the nursing home where Juliet and Lea visit their mother is another institution where the patients are confined and carefully watched by supervised personnel. Even the dementia with which their mother suffers is a kind of prison, which has isolated and robbed her form her past and personality. There is also the hospital where Juliet gets a job, the university where Lea teachees and the wider professional fields that they both represent. The institution of medicine with its rules and regulations. Its hierarchy and its pecky odor and the institution of academia, which operates on a similar basis.. There is an interesting scene which was actually eidt out of that movie which showed Juliet had worked in the hospital being bullied by a young male doctor who makes a derogatory remark about how the female employees of the hospital get older and stupider over time. Just an example of patriarchy at work. The second film What doesnt kill you also refers to the negative effects of prison, also that is one of the thing that the title of the film is referring to, the adage that what doesnt kill you makes you stronger. We see the toll taken by the penal institutions daily monotony, shots of the inmates lying
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