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Horror and the Holocaust: ‘Prestige Horror’ and Frank Pierson’s Conspiracy (2001)

Authors
  • Hantke, Steffen1
  • 1 Sogang University, American Culture Program, 35 Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu, 04107 , (South Korea)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Nov 26, 2021
Volume
69
Issue
4
Pages
413–429
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/zaa-2021-2044
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

In an article published in 2004, Picart and Frank examined the use of stylistic and thematic elements Holocaust cinema can borrow from the horror film. Their argument at the time was constrained by the availability and their choice of primary texts, but the recent emergence of what has been called ‘prestige horror’ invites viewers to revisit their critical arguments and positions. Since ‘prestige horror’s’ aesthetic strategies tend to challenge conventional definitions of the horror genre, revisiting Picart and Frank’s argument proves most productive in the context of a Holocaust film, Frank Pierson’s Conspiracy (2001), which, in turn, operates in creative dissonance with some of the conventions of Holocaust cinema.

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