The Transgressive Films of Kurt Kren

From the car scene in Hereditary , to the eyeball slicing in Un Chien Andalou , to the final murders in SalA2, or the 120 Days of Sodom , cinema has regularly presented us with disturbing, confrontational, and shocking images since its conception. Reactions to these unnerving sequences can vary depending on the audience member: a quick wince, a look away in dismissal, a walk outside the theater, or a redirection of our gaze back to the screen out of morbid fascination – did we just saw what we thought we just saw? intended to shock the Austrian state out of its bourgeois, regressive postwar complacency.

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