Violence in Film

Essay by araggi1University, Bachelor'sA, April 2005

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Cinematic violence has been in films since the start of movie making. From John Houston's depiction of men at war with The Battle of San Pietro, to the hardships teenagers face growing up portrayed in the film, Boyz in the Hood, violence has always been present in film in one form or another. Graphic violence has become as important to film as the happy ending. Throughout time filmmakers have made extreme statements about our society and the involvement of our country in other conflicts, such as war, which affect our nation. Movie makes have realized the power and movement within society that a film can create when the reality people do not wish to accept is put before their very own eyes. It is quite often that extreme measures are taken to achieve this; violence in film. Three main categories of violent-oriented films that this paper will discuss are westerns, war movies, and American cities/society violence (deviant behavior of citizens).

The American Heritage Dictionary defines violence as; Physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing. This is a pattern for any film's alleged, "bad guy." It is the extreme which the "bad guy" uses this force that is the cause of so much public back-lash against filmmakers. This did not however deter them in achieving their visions. We know however that war is violent, so what other genres need to include such violent subject matter? I like to look at violence as three separate categories.

1. War Violence- could be gang or different nations, or for that matter could be two different planets.

2. Realistic Violence- this is what you would see in an operating society, basically anything that can realistically happen to you or I. Rape, murder, mugging, beating, etc....

3. Fantasy Violence- Luke Skywalker...