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  • 8.2 : 1999 : PDF: Deformity at the Threshold of the Visible in Bemberg's I Don't Want to Talk About It by Bruce Williams
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    Deformity at the Threshold of the Visible in Bemberg's I Don't Want to Talk About It

    by Bruce Williams

    Abstract: In María Luisa Bemberg's I Don't Want to Talk About It, deformity and the carnivalesque converge, offering a sensitive, politically-enabling portrayal of otherness. Its intersection of gaze dynamics and an affirming inscription of deformity exposes the inadequacies inherent in traditional taxonomies of the grotesque. The film invites the viewer to relativize notions of difference and seek alternative paradigms for relating to deformity, which are not predicated upon the confines of self-sameness or the essentialized ideal.

    Résumé: Dans le film I Don't Want to Talk About It, de María Luisa Bemberg, la difformité et le carnavalesque converge pour offrir un portrait de l'Autre qui est à la fois sensible et potentiellement habilitant au niveau politique. A l'intersection des dynamiques du regard et de l'inscription de la difformité, le film dénonce les insuffisances inhérentes aux taxonomies traditionnelles du grotesque. Le film invite le spectateur à relativiser la notion de différence et à chercher de nouveaux paradigmes reliés à la difformité qui ne se limitent pas aux idées d'homogénéité et d'idéal essentialiste.

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