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FMP 250 - Responsible violence vs Gratuitous violence

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Responsible Violence vs. Gratuitous Violence The portrayal of fictional violence in film has been around since the inception of the medium itself. Violence in film can roughly be broken into two categories: responsible violence and gratuitous violence. In this essay I will define both categories and argue that both have their place in modern filmmaking. Responsible violence is, simply put, violence that is warranted in any given situation within a movie. In a film about war where the filmmaker is attempting to realistically portray the experience of the troops, the use of extreme violence is a key element of that depiction. Likewise in a film dealing with crime. In some instances, violence may occur briefly in films that are otherwise completely non-violent, but if that violent incident is a key element of the plot, develops a character, or fleshes out a setting then it is being used responsibly. Gratuitous violence is violence in a movie that is not warranted. The film could very well have continued rolling along with a few less murders, assaults, rapes, etc. Often
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