Privacy and Violence in "Death and the Maiden" Film Review by Master Researcher

Privacy and Violence in "Death and the Maiden"
Analyzes the elements of self-esteem, privacy, and violence in Roman Polanski's film "Death and the Maiden".
# 33612 | 1,900 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 04, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper examines and analyzes the elements of self-esteem, privacy and the violence of violation in Roman Polanski's 1994 film, "Death and the Maiden". The paper discusses how the theme and the plot of the film primarily deal with issues of power, vulnerability, ethics, self-esteem, privacy, and trust. The paper shows how through events affecting the three characters and the bizarre trial held to determine Miranda's guilt, Polanski weaves his theme against a backdrop of the violent atrocities and abuses of freedom committed by the Fascist government that had, until recently, ruled their country.

From the Paper:

"In order to effectively analyze the elements of privacy, self-esteem, and violent violation in Roman Polanski's Death and the Maiden, it is necessary first of all to provide a brief synopses of the plot of the film. Paulina Escobar had been a political prisoner during the oppressive period who was tortured by her captors. After gaining her trust by treating her kindly and playing a tape of composer Franz Schubert's Death and the Maiden, Dr. Miranda, a physician, cruelly participated in the abusive treatment of his powerless victim.
"Gerardo Escobar, who was then Paulina's boyfriend, and who is now her husband, had been the editor of an underground newspaper and a political target of the absolutist regime. In spite of suffering violent torture, and having her human dignity and self-esteem shattered by rape, Paulina did not disclose his whereabouts to the authorities and, in effect, saved his life."

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