COMM 452 Kiss Me Deadly notes

COMM 452 Kiss Me Deadly notes - The Cold War and the Bomb...

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The Cold War and the Bomb Telotte Ch.11 - “In the series of apocalyptic explosions that end this film we see reflected not only our culture’s anxieties about the bomb and a nuclear holocaust fears that surfaced increasingly in films of the 1950s, but also the image of a world that seems bent on destruction, thanks to its citizens’ grasping, even violent, preoccupation with the self. (Telotte 198). - “Need to talk in order to avoid disaster, even death…a warning implicit in all these films: it depicts the failure of our talk, decreasing l” (199). - Paranoia of lack of human communication – Mike Hammer prefers violence over communication - Pat Murphey – “Now listen, Mike. I’m going to pronounce a few words. They’re harmless words, just a bunch of letters scrambled together, but their meaning is very important. Try to understand what they mean: Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, Trinity.” - feeling of time “How could we hope to control that which we are reluctant even to name and cannot speak straightforwardly about?” - Mike’s actions of using violence as a language had led to calamitous results. This can be seen as an allegory for the world as the use of violence instead of a common discourse between individuals has led to terrible consequences and has created subsequent fears throughout modern society. - “It seems that because no one is quite able to listen or talk in a meaningful way about the troubles afflicting them this world is practically brought to “the gates of hell” – as the film’s
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