Note: This video was originally titled "Cassavetes' Spaces of Seduction." In the time since the publication of the video, I've become more sensitive to what this scene actually depicts. This new understanding called for a new title.
If there was any act of seduction in this video, I was on me as a viewer, to have let my fascination with the cinematic and dramatic artistry of this scene blind me to what I was actually witnessing and the real life acts of violence and trauma it represents.
I've contemplated whether this video should even remain online. Ultimately I decided to let it stand as a marker of how this film and the acts depicted in this sequence were approached videographically in 2015, in order to pose a question of how they may be approached today.
Video Essay Catalog No. 311 by Kevin B. Lee. Originally published September 26 2015 on Fandor Keyframe. fandor.com/keyframe/cassavetes-spaces-of-seduction
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