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Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2000 10:09:16 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: ressentiment in film

Good example. Others that spring to mind are the
character played by Clint Eastwood in "Unforgiven" and
Charles Bronson vs. Henry Fonda in "Once upon a Time
in the West". Of course, there are many movies with a
revenge theme. I think the character of Max Cady in
"Cape Fear" is the most interesting one though,
especially when you compare Scorsese's remake with
DeNiro to the original with Gregory Peck and Robert
Mitchum (1962). In the original, Cady is plain and
unambiguously evil but Scorsese turned him into a
cleansed, purified evildoer, applying most of the
guilt, if not all, on Cady's adversary (Nick Nolte).
For Nietzsche/christianity related issues in film such
as guilt, revenge and forgiveness, Scorsese is the man
you want I think.
It's a very interesting topic, really. Over the years,
Scorsese has shifted his focus from actual revenge
(e.g., "Taxi Driver") to a solution where conflicts
are dealt with more inwardly (e.g., "Bringing out the
dead"). Overcoming one's fears (the root of all evil I
would say) seems to be a more direct way of restoring
the balance between oneself and the world. With that,
you may find Alfred Hitchcock at the other end of the

For those interested, my review of "Bringing out the
dead" is available online at

--- George Sherwood <>
> What character in film is the personification of
> ressentiment?
> IMO, it is no better expressed than through the
> character
> Antonio Salieri in Amadeus. Is there a better
> example? Since
> there are so many interpretations of Nietzsche here,
> it might
> be interesting to see if we can agree on what
> "ressentiment"
> is.
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