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Playboy

USA, 1984 (MIFF 1986, New York Super 8 Programme)

Director: Tessa Hughes-Freeland

The basic theme of PLAYBOY is that of voyeurism and violence exploiting them in such a way that certain humorous elements are brought to the fore. By not using any self-made footage but carefully choosing certain visual cliches such as an angst ridden face or an anticipating female face and combining them with old porn films boxing films, westerns, and adventure and horror films the specificity of the act of violence attains a level of generality whereby it no longer has an impact as it may in isolation but becomes reduced to a gestural code The images themselves become more important for their cinematic impact than for their meaning.

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