Theatricality as Cruelty

Angelos Koutsourakis


This essay suggests that theatricality is key to understanding Artaudian cruelty. I clarify this with reference to two films by Sergei Eisenstein and Abel Gance. The essay draws attention to the multimedia aspect of Artaud's aesthetic and proposes a pathway that can help us reconsider distinctions between theatricality and cinematic specificity. 


Artaud; Cruelty; theatricality; Sergei Eisenstein,;Abel Gance; Vsevolod Meyerhold

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Online Magazine of the Visual Narrative - ISSN 1780-678X