To each epoch it’s narrative and structure that brings meaning to the violence we, as human beings, instinctively fear. Through 100 years of existence of the genre, it is also the history of the 20th Century that is told. And what a frightful century it has been…
From the unlikely duo formed by the Dude and Walter to the mostly silent role played by Donny, the film is an allegory of American political life during the Gulf War.
Not only do both criticisms fail to grasp the historical circumstances that gave birth to the modern Christmas, they also fail to comprehend the far-reaching consequences of its founding on the American way of life.
While some still claim there is nothing political behind the Star Wars Trilogies, that assessment is far wide of the fictional world that George Lucas so carefully traced from our own.
What Mazower described as “the nightmarish revelation of the destructive potential of European civilization” is the latent fear throughout Hergé’s albums and the one Tintin’s morality seeks to counter.
However, explanations as to why that may be fail to grasp that although Tarantino’s stylized depiction of violence remains consistent throughout his career, his understanding of violence and the purpose it serves evolves in his work.
While the occlusion of social life from the frame contributes to the mesmerizing effect of the photos, the narrative they contribute to carefully avoids social issues that pertain to the territory they portray.
So, really, what is the meaning of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?