The Ties That Do Not Bind: The Theme of Disconnect in the Interwoven Plot of “Babel”

Paper by Christina Hicks.

The film Babel (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2006) is a drama filmed from May 2, 2005 to December 1, 2005 in numerous locations around the world including Tochigi and Tokyo, Japan, Sonora, Tecate, and Tijuana, Mexico, Ouarzazate and Casablanca, Morocco, and San Diego, California, USA. (IMDb). Given that it’s action takes place all over the world, it is following the current trend in US Film History in that it is trying to appeal to more foreign audiences. It involved collaboration with international film studios and used foreign actors.
Some will see the casting of Cate Blanchett as the wounded tourist and Brad Pitt as her husband as evidence that it aspires to be a major motion picture. Others will note the anonymity of the other players and see it as a lengthy, overambitious art-house entry (Schickel).

I would argue that Babel is a successful mixture of influences. Influence of “New American Cinema” can be seen in its non-traditional, non-linear narrative organization and the use of big name stars as well as non-professional actors from all over the world. It delves into complex societal

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It Comes From Within

Paper by Veronica Arvidsson.

The films of Cronenberg have reoccurring themes of science/technology, violence and sex. Looking at the relationship between these themes in Shivers (1975), Videodrome (1983) and The Fly (1986) they all share a similar meaning and structure in all these three films. They use these three themes to express the ultimate self-destruction a person can cause on themselves by allowing themselves to let go of their inhibitions and let themselves be wrapped up or sucked into new ideas or lifestyles that were brought on them by their own obsessions or lusts. Are these ideas that Cronenberg set off in his films relatable to todays society where technology and science grows faster than ever and in that way controls our lives similar to how it’s controlling the characters of these films? The changes that all these characters from Shivers, The Fly and Videodrome go through are in one way or another being controlled by technology or science and the self-destruction is being expressed through sexual acts and violence in different forms.

All these films deals with some kind of transformation of the central characters that ultimates in them being

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