Serial killing is a kind of macabre art perfected by psychopaths, who are either on a pleasure trip or a trial of revenge, who kills at least three victims one by one in a series of sequential murders, with a form of psychological gratification as the primary motive. There is a deep connection between the actions and the psychology of a serial killer. Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (1981) is a crime thriller and features a serial killer whose cleft lip is the primary factor motivating his murderous behaviour. With particular attention to the image of the mirror, this assignment is concerned with offering a psychoanalytic reading of the novel, through the Lacanian concept of the mirror stage. It also aims to analyse the reasons and motives of the serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in the light of psychological theories like psychoanalysis and behavioural theory.
The film follows Mike Hammer, a private investigator who usually deals with divorce cases. Following a series of dramatic events after picking up a beautiful hitchhiker, he begins to seek revenge and solve a case that takes him on an unexpected journey. Along the way we see the story and characters take many twist and turns before it reaches its dramatic, somewhat apocalyptic final conclusion. Robert Aldrich - the director of ‘Kiss Me Deadly’- gives us some interesting compositions and diverse camera angles; we also see the strong contrast of black, white and the prevalence of shadows, classic elements of the film noir style. Character The characters in ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ do take us on a journey throughout the film.
Harry’s journey throughout The Prisoner of Azkaban is one of anger and confusion. The main conflict in the film is initiated by the escape of Sirius Black, the notorious murderer, from Azkaban prison. The main assumption throughout the film is that Sirius is a loyal Voldemort support and he betrayed Lily and James Potter to the Dark Lord, which lead to their deaths. Harry seeks retribution for Sirius’ crimes and when it is revealed that Sirius has found his way to Hogwarts, Harry wants to kill him out of anger. He faces a moral dilemma.
The main element that tied the two together are their plots. Both passages are ironic due to the unique events. In the movie, High Noon, the Marshal, Will Kane, hopefully asked for advice from judge Howe. Furthermore, Howe replied, “you risk your skin catching killers and the juries let them go so they can come back and shoot at you again” (Foreman 307). The judge’s statement proves that even though a Marshal’s duty is to protect the town and capture criminals, the Marshal himself is being hunted by criminals.
Thus, it begins. Out of the Past is a classic example of film noir. Before we even meet Jeff Bailey (née Markham), he’s already being pulled back into the grimy, dark world of his past. As a noir, this film has everything — a hard-boiled detective, a catastrophic return to the underbelly of crime, the irresistible tug of fate, snappy, cynical dialogue spoken in a cynical world, a flashback, a twisting, complex plot, incredibly expressive lighting and cinematography, a femme fatale so horrible, she makes Phyllis Dietrichson look like a sane and reasonable role model, and cancer-by-osmosis levels of smoking. Like other noir we’ve seen, it doesn’t conform neatly to one genre.
“La Haine”, translated to “Hate” in English, represents the negative force that Kassovitz believed was damaging French society. This suggests a narrative that is much more complex than the straightforward story following three young men who find a gun on a housing estate. The use of titles telling the time implies a time limit which creates suspense that intensifies towards the climactic end of the film. This also acts as a symbol of the downward spiral of a wider French society. The film has a three-hander interaction with Said,
THE LOST FALCON IN FILM NOIR In written literature, writings that mention about crime is classified as “Noir Fiction”. From the second half of the 19th century, in cinematography, this genre is simulated as “Film Noir”. The audience will encounter with a crime throughout the film which is made by using this specific genre. Main characters in this genre are a criminal who is mostly a man, a female and a detective. Criminals are mostly coldblooded and ruthless.
The spate of killings drove him away from his ancestral home in Corinth. The other lesson is that no one can change his or her fate. In Corinth, Oedipus learned from an oracle that he would kill his father, a prophecy that made him fearful. He ran away from Corinth to Thebes, but along the way, he kills a man who resembled King Laius. Running away from Corinth set the path for the fulfillment of fate and that Thebes was his actual place of birth.
His inability to come up with the right potion to reverse his situation is what leads to his suicide. Despite the efforts to live a kind of a double life the evil sides seem to have taken control of his good side and this proves to be great damage as the officers will have to hold him responsible for the murder cases that have been reported on those London streets. All these events in the novel have been successfully achieved through the evil setting that had the concealing features that would make the characters such as Jekyll go unnoticed. It becomes challenging for Dr. Jekyll to try to live up to the two different types of characters as there is always one side that will always try to be better than the other. In this case, the evil side of the character Dr. Jekyll prevails making him commit