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While Watts' vision of Sicilia centered around the sado-masochism of Leontes, convincingly played by bd rogers, the implied tragic determinism was occasionally offset and defused by subtle humorous and comedic resonances in the action and costuming.
Hence the recurring references to such themes in various of these essays are hardly revelatory and certainly not new (the same goes for the recurring references to perversion and sado-masochism in Bunuel's films).
Once the documentary turns its full attention to the Catholic church, Thomas argues, as many have done, that Catholic enforcement of celibacy for its clergy, monks and nuns excludes women from power structures in the church and is a direct cause of the sex abuse crisis--linking the crisis to ties between celibacy, religious ecstasy and sado-masochism. This section of the program is the most engrossing, and provides some moving personal stories.
But when he engages productively with previous critics to carry a debate forward, the result is often illuminating, as when he develops recent post-colonial readings of In der Strafkolonie to bring out the sado-masochism present both in the colonial relationship and in Kafka's story.
Ditto Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon--yet another film about sado-masochism. Sex doesn't sell as much as it once did.
Sade participated in his lachrymal moments when indulging in lively bouts of sado-masochism. Anne Vincent Buffault's Histoire des larmes, XVIII-[XIX.sup.e] siecle underscores the change of "status" allotted to tears.
How else can one interpret the self-destructive political sado-masochism that has rendered most of the Israeli "peace camp" both voiceless and powerless, with the exception of Shimon Peres, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, and their ilk, whose cooptation by the extremist camp has rendered them hypocritically vociferous and militarily brutal?
It's a complex exploration into the darker side of human sexuality - the world of sado-masochism as it exists for a piano teacher Erika Kohut brilliantly played by Huppert.
In the early Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, Freud first famously articulated his theory of sado-masochism. Over a scant few pages in an already slender volume, the father of psychoanalysis argued that the perversion of finding sexual pleasure in giving and taking pain constituted an oscillation of masculine and feminine identity within the human subject.
From the early ones, Le Repos du guerrier, Les Stances a Sophie, and Les Petits Enfants du siecle, with their well-recognized and distinctive social commentary on modern France, to the later Quand tu vas chez les femmes and La Porte du fond, where Rochefort explores sado-masochism, child sexuality, and child abuse, Hutton takes as her guiding theme the extent to which Rochefort embodied contestation in all its (gauchiste) forms: berating society's norms and institutions, its hierarchical organization, its alienating notions of happiness and sexuality, and its oppressions of language, discourse, gender, and behaviour.
Indeed, there is a real possibility that such matters as abortion, assisted suicide, involuntary euthanasia, sado-masochism and homosexual marriage will come to dominate discussions of public policy.
Factors such as these, however, even if they help explain the relative neglect of the psychoanalytic dimension of Foucault's work, are perhaps ultimately less important than the nature of the psychoanalytic concept that represented for Foucault the central contribution of psychoanalysis to the theory of power and of the socio-political: sado-masochism. It is true that the term sado-masochism was rarely, if ever, used by Foucault in his discussion of political power.