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First published: November 1, 2023 - Last updated: November 1, 2023


Author: Vesi Vuković

Title: Cinematic Suicide

Subtitle: Representations of Working Women in Yugoslav New Film

Journal: Apparatus: Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe

Volume: -

Issue: 9

Year: 2019

Pages: 19 pages (PDF)

eISSN: 2365-7758 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Serbian History | Cases: Fictional Victims / Vera, Dragan; Types: Rape / Gang Rape; Victims: Reactions / Suicide; Representations: Films / Bube u glavi


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Abstract: »In this article, I investigate representations of suicide committed by working women in Yugoslav New Film. My research question concerns the reasons why female protagonists, potentially empowered through their involvement in the labour force, are eventually disempowered through their suicide in the studied films. Why does the female professional sphere tend to be cinematically portrayed as either a source of peril due to sexual harassment, or a place of the most disappointing experiences? These narratives contradict the socialist discourse of gender equality that encouraged Yugoslav women to seek employment. I look at two case studies from a critical feminist perspective formally analysing them through close reading. Ples v dežju/Dance in the Rain (Boštjan Hladnik, 1961, Yugoslavia) and Bube u glavi/Bats in the Belfry a.k.a. This Crazy World of Ours a.k.a. Bughouse (Miloš 'Miša' Radivojević, 1970, Yugoslavia) both belong to the Yugoslav New Film movement and share a theme of suicide committed by a progressive, working female character, which motivated my choice. The directors render their progressive working heroines vulnerable by transforming the strong women that they are into fragile ones, thus indirectly reflecting male masculinist hostility towards inclusion of women in the workforce. Ultimately, the portrayed suicides of progressive working heroines are a forewarning that a workplace is a dangerous milieu and consequently should be avoided.« (Source: Apparatus)

  Methods of Suicide
  Suicide of Working Women
  Memento Mori
  Standards of beauty in life
  Expectations of beauty in death and fantasy

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