Badlands

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John Hawkins Expressive Cultures: Film Bill Simon/Noah Tsika 3:30 – 4:45 April 6 th , 2011 The Protagonist and the Narrator in Badlands Almost immediately after the opening titles we see Holly Sargis and hear her in voice-over of the image. The lazy tone of her voice, the childish background music of Carl Orff’s Gassenhauer , and the playful image of her with her dog starkly contrast Holly’s words, “My mother died of pneumonia when I was just a kid. My father kept their wedding cake in the freezer for ten whole years. After the funeral he gave it to the yard man…” Being a film about a serial killer, death is all around the characters, but not in a light it is usually cast in. In Badlands , death is not vengeful, pleasurable, or regrettable. It simply is . This is shown even more explicitly in the dialogue between the characters: Kit calmly asking Holly’s father, “Suppose I shot you. How’d that be?” or explaining to Holly about Cato, “I shot him in the stomach,” and her simply wondering,
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