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Traumatized Heroes: War and Distraction

Stutterheim, Kerstin



Michael Elm

Kobi Kabalek

Julia B.


In this essay two different poetic movies (Ivan's Childhood, Tarkovsky; Shutter Island, Scorsese) will be discussed, each focussing on traumatized heroes. The protagonist of both epic stories are archaic figures represented as individual characters. The cinematic representation of these two individuals will be the main focus. Therefore, aspects of explicit story and implicit dramaturgy will be extracted and explored. Thus, the essay will analyze and discuss how aspects of film language can be used to tell a touching story that attracts the audience.


Stutterheim, K. (2014). Traumatized Heroes: War and Distraction. In M. Elm, K. Kabalek, & J. B. Köhne (Eds.), The Horrors of Trauma in Cinema: Violence Void Visualization (125-144). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Publication Date 2014-09
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2021
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Pages 125-144
Book Title The Horrors of Trauma in Cinema: Violence Void Visualization
ISBN 9781443860420
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