Living in the End Times: Close-Up on Kathryn Bigelow's "Strange Days"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days (1995) is showing March 25 - April 24, 2018 in many countries as part of the retrospective The Present Is Woman, the Woman Is Present.The spectacle is not a collection of images; it is a social relation between people that is mediated by images.—Guy Debord, The Society of the SpectacleBodies confusedMemories misused—“Strange Days,” The Doors A blindfolded woman experiences her own rape and murder through the eyes and senses of the man raping and murdering her. The act done, the life gone from her, the blindfold is removed. In her eyes, dark black in the unlit room (the woman's name is Iris), we see the masked perpetrator. It’s an image of an image: displaced. For we are watching this heinous monstrosity unfold as a point-of-view shot, our viewing experience shared by a helpless onscreen
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