File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_2000/nietzsche.0001, message 4


Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000 13:21:08 EST
Subject: Re: ressentiment in film (Cape Fear)


In a message dated 1/15/00 1:11:33 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
cornets-AT-yahoo.com writes:

<< 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. >>

Scorcese's Cady (played by DeNiro) even has "what doesn't kill me makes me 
stronger" as a tatoo, emphasizing the Nietzschean connection

David Kilpatrick


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