Tesis/Thesis (Alejandro Amenábar, 1996)
Delights and follies in filmic discourse
in Spanish cinema 1973–2010
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This chapter discusses the work of Alejandro Amenabar, Tesis/Thesis which takes place in contemporary Spain. From start to finish, Thesis plays with the ambiguous allures of images that are meant both to attract and repel, in order to make an ethical point: the individual is free to choose and is responsible for his or her choices. The chapter shows how the film intertwines subjective violence, objective violence and symbolic violence. Given that his film is about the creation of images, the chapter provides a reference to the Dutch painter, Hieronymus Bosch, known in Spain as El Bosco, and more precisely to the triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights. In Thesis, the professor is more than willing to kill the student of media studies to make a snuff film giving some audiences what they want and, in his folly, ends up dead.

Spanish cinema 1973–2010

Auteurism, politics, landscape and memory

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