I Spit on Your Grave (1978) and the Old Argument – Feminist Cinema or Exploitative Entertainment?

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2 Responses to “I Spit on Your Grave (1978) and the Old Argument – Feminist Cinema or Exploitative Entertainment?”

  1. This was another film I worked on the restoration of for DVD release. I can accept that Zarchi’s original intent was valid or even noble. However, the filmmaking itself is so inept that if it were not for the level of graphic violence portrayed, I think the movie would have been quickly forgotten. The film has continuity errors in dialogue, lighting and camera shot angles, varying blood spatter etc. The spoken lines are no more “real” for being oversimplified than Ed Wood’s excesses in descriptive exposition. Aside from Keaton, who is convincing only when portraying fear and pain, and far less so when trying to act determined or seductive (to ensnare the rapist). To me it’s just an example of someone passionately inspired to try something, who hasn’t got the chops. Bravo for trying. It’s still a failure for me, the viewer.

    • Sorry – I hit post before reading it over and lost part of a sentence. Meant to say aside from Keaton, nobody else can act at all. All the portrayals are cartoonish.

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