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The Time of the CrimePhenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Italian Film$
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Domietta Torlasco

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758024

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758024.001.0001

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Desiring Death

Desiring Death

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(p.41) 2 Desiring Death
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The Time of the Crime
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758024.003.0003

This chapter explores the intimacy of vision and death in the film The Night Porter directed by Liliana Cavani. It explains that this film represents the return to the crime scene with respect to both the victim's and the aggressor's compulsion to repeat. It shows that the intermittent appearance of closely related forms in the film's flashbacks generate configurations in which the present can no longer be isolated from the past and the future. This chapter also questions Cavani's assumption that the survivor of a violent crime will ultimately fulfill her role as witness by testifying in a court of law.

Keywords:   vision and death, The Night Porter, Liliana Cavani, crime scene, violent crime, survivor of a crime

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