Talk: ‘Lawrence Alloway’s Violent America: The Movies’

Professor Peter Stanfield, Head of the School of Arts, is giving a public talk at King’s College London on 27th November at 17.30 on ‘Lawrence Alloway’s Violent America: The Movies’.


This paper examines the 1960s writings on violence and American movies by the British art critic Lawrence Alloway. He defined film violence through formal co-ordinates that could best be understood as ‘a series of distances and a schedule of gestures, moving towards a point at which we feel ourselves threatened or are threatening somebody else.’ This paper takes this definition as the starting point for an examination of film and violence that does not foreground a cultural, social or ritualistic reading.


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