<i>Crimen ferpecto</i> (2004): the <i>mise-en-scène</i> of <i>mise-en-scène</i>

Peter Buse, Núria Triana Toribio and Andy Willis

in The Cinema of Alex de la Iglesia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780719071362
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700952 | DOI:
Crimen ferpecto (2004): the mise-en-scène of mise-en-scène

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Crimen Ferpecto, Álex de la Iglesia's seventh feature film as director and second as a producer with Pánico, was released in October 2004. It returns to the black comedy of El día de la bestia, Muertos de risa and La comunidad, and, in many ways, is a compendium of the earlier films, with its sudden violence, explicit and exaggerated misogyny, and vicious and none-too-innocent children. In addition, the film recycles images and motifs from the earlier films. This is a cinema that pulls against the ‘ontology of the photographic image’ identified by André Bazin. According to Bazin, the cinema has a privileged relation to the real, and ‘enjoys a certain advantage in virtue of this transference of reality from the thing to its reproduction’.

Keywords: Crimen Ferpecto; André Bazin; black comedy; ontology; photographic image; misogyny

Chapter.  6349 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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