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Brutal VisionThe Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema$
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Karl Schoonover

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675548

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675548.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.215) Conclusion
Source:
Brutal Vision
Author(s):

Karl Schoonover

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675548.003.0006

This concluding chapter gives five primary revelations in the critiques of brutal humanism that emerge from film practices. First, brutal humanism is a politics based on violence. Second, brutal humanism hungers endlessly for both brutalized bodies and witnesses. Third, as a politics premised on witness testimony, brutal humanism can only consolidate itself after the fact, making change in the present less conceivable. Fourth, brutal humanism formalizes the affective structures of charity. Finally, a politics based on stabilizing meaning in the image through the body presents long-term problems and unduly limits the scope of political change to the parameters of individual human physiology.

Keywords:   brutal humanism, film practices, violence, politics, witness testimony, charity, political change, human physiology

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