Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline

Violence in films

Am I the only one who doesn't cope well with violence in films?

On several occasions since I've been in graduate school, instructors have used clips from films to illustrate the concepts we've been studying. In at least three instances (most recently tonight) these clips have been especially violent, and most of the time the instructors have shown them without so much as a warning. (In fact, I believe the one warning I got came not from the instructor but from a fellow student.)

It's not that I object to the use of violent film clips; they were relevant to the topics we were studying in class and served to illustrate a point. I just think it would be nice if the instructors would say, "Oh, by the way, this scene has some graphic violence."

So what do you think? Is it too much to expect a simple warning? Should I just grow up and learn that good cinema/literature/art involves copious amounts of bloodshed and deal with it?

And if I'm right, why do these instructors not offer warnings? Is it laziness, thoughtlessness, or this desensitization we've heard so much about?
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