Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Male Gaze, Voyeurism and politics in Malena (2000) Italian Film


Malena (2000) is an Italian romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. The film is starred by Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Salfaro in the lead roles. The film is a strong example of the feminist Laura Mulvey and the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s concept ‘Male Gaze’ and ‘Voyeurism’. Besides, there are other important subjects for example; domination of patriarchal capitalist society, changing of occupation of the German and the American, Nostalgic evocation etc.

Male Gaze, Voyeurism and politics in Malena (2000)  Malena (2000) is an Italian romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. The film is starred by Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Salfaro in the lead roles. The film is a strong example of the feminist Laura Mulvey and the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s concept ‘Male Gaze’ and ‘Voyeurism’. Besides, there are other important subjects for example; domination of patriarchal capitalist society, changing of occupation of the German and the American, Nostalgic evocation etc.     Gaetano Aronica and Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie   Main theme of the plot:  During the Second World War in 1940, 12 years old Renato experiences three main things; Second World War, getting a bicycle and first time notices a young beautiful woman called Malena in a little town of Sicily. Still then, no war was in that town. Malena’s husband was in force in Africa and fought the British. So, Malena is alone in the house. But she becomes the cause of lust of all the men and the women envy her as she is very beautiful, especially her eyes are very erotic. She looks a bit her father, a professor. She gets news that her husband is killed in the war. The citizens become more amorous. Her father gets an anonymous letter about his daughter’s eroticism. A soldier comes into her house at night for giving necessary needs. But she did not know that this event would take a serious position.  A wrestle is happened between the dentist and the soldier. But the lawyer upholds the case of her in the court and takes her side in the court. She admits that there was no erotic or other relation with them. But the lawyer wins the case, so he rapes her. Renato watches all deeds at her house and becomes sadomasochist. But he identifies that he is different from the other he wants to become the protector of her. But all only want physical relation. She becomes isolated from her father. In the bombing, her father is died. She becomes more penniless. She becomes scorned to all. Renato notices two German soldiers taking her and other woman to hotels. He faints there. His mother thinks demon is into his body. So, he is taken for exorcism. But his father takes him to the brothels. He does physical ecstatic relation with Malena as the initiative. But when the Americans occupy the town, the women of the town pull in out of the hotel and rip off her clothes and begin persecution on her, cut off her hairs.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie     She moves in Messina by train. Once Nino Scordia, Maena’s husband comes back home. But the occupier in his house and others do not tell anything about Malena. Renato sends him an anonymous letter that she loves him still now, she is not a prostitute. The villagers have made her that. She moves Messina. After one year, Nino Scordia and Malena together stroll in the town. The women and the men notice that she is more matronly and plain than before. She looks enigmatic more. The women oppressed on her, respect her now and say good morning madam in the market while shopping.   Malena replies them. At the road, some potatoes fall in the road, Renato helps her lifting them. He says ‘good luck, Malena Scordia’. This is the first time; Malena looked at someone and gives him an enigmatic half-smile.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie    Renato says’ "Time has passed and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them, I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked..."  "Malèna"     Male Gaze:  Laura Mulvey’s (1975) essay ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’ is the classical statement on popular film from the perspective of feminist psychoanalysis. A political weapon in a cinema is patriarchal society’s political psychoanalysis. Laura Mulvey calls the thing is ‘Male gaze’. Male gaze is the female is the object of male desire and she is the signifier of the threat of castration. She describes another term ‘schopophilia’ that means the pleasure of looking. Scopophilia is sexual; using another person as an object of sexual stimulation through sight. But in world structured by ‘sexual imbalance’ the pleasure of the gaze has been separated into two distinct positions: men look and women exhibit (to-be-looked-at-ness), both are playing to male desire and signifying. In the film Malena is the object of visual pleasure to the male and female. She exhibits her in the camera, to the active performer and the audiences. ‘When the heroine removes her clothes, it is for the sexual gaze of both the hero in the narrative and the spectator in the auditorium.’ In the film the patriarchal society takes Malena’s body as the sexual object and gets visual pleasure. But it is sexual pleasure. The women envy her beauty and voice. As they say her voice is god’s voice and her beauty is god gifted. Her eyes are erotic which can give pleasure any male person. But in the film the women have also watched Malena on the male gaze. Cause the director has wanted to show her body on the perspective of patriarchal society. And the active women also cannot come out from it (male gaze). So, they also watch her similarly with male person.   Giuseppe Sulfaro and his girlfriend and others in Malena (2000) Movie    Voyeurism:  It is concept of Sigmund Freud. It is also linked with scopophilic instinct. Scopophilia means the pleasure of looking. Female exhibit and men look. But scopophilia is sexual. Cause, man gets erotic pleasure looking the women’s body. As she is the sexual object in the film, we connect it with Renato. As she looks malena’s sexual activity, gets sexual pleasure. Voyeurism means deriving pleasure by watching others having sex. It can be spectator but in the movie Renato is active performer who derives sexual pleasure of Malena and lawyer or soldier.    Politics:  In the film there has been power practice by the patriarchal capitalist society. It was the time of Second World War. So, there, we notice the change of occupation. At first the Germans occupy the town Sicily but in the last of the movie Americans occupy the town. At the time of German occupation, the men take sexual pleasure, someone rapes, and force and stop providing food, and do physical relation in the hotel and the women envy her beauty, her voice her everything. But at time of American occupation the women oppress and do persecution on her. So, she cannot tolerate and moves away in Messina. The patriarchal society forces her to be prostitute. They stop her food. Penniless Malena’s last resort was hotel for livelihood. But the women started oppression and persecution on him to leave the town.   Malena (2000) Italian Movie Poster    Nostalgic Evocation:  It is the fundamental point of the film. Strolling of Malena and her husband to the town surprises the men and the women who oppressed on her. Love to one’s land or town is eternal. She tolerates a lot of oppression from the residents of the town. But she has never lost her courage. Malena is a very simple story. It has something drama comedy and erotic scenes. But its erotic activities and nostalgic evocation made the film an international recognition and commercial advantages.      Monica Bellucci looks at Giuseppe Sulfaro in Malena (2000) Movie    In a short, a woman is punished for her beauty. She is oppressed by the other women from the envy of her beauty. It is a very simple story about romance, comedy and tragedy. Its best score and best cinematography are the most valuable contribution. In a word, it a great work of Giuseppe Tornatore.
Gaetano Aronica and Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie

Main theme of the plot:
During the Second World War in 1940, 12 years old Renato experiences three main things; Second World War, getting a bicycle and first time notices a young beautiful woman called Malena in a little town of Sicily. Still then, no war was in that town. Malena’s husband was in force in Africa and fought the British. So, Malena is alone in the house. But she becomes the cause of lust of all the men and the women envy her as she is very beautiful, especially her eyes are very erotic. She looks a bit her father, a professor. She gets news that her husband is killed in the war. The citizens become more amorous. Her father gets an anonymous letter about his daughter’s eroticism. A soldier comes into her house at night for giving necessary needs. But she did not know that this event would take a serious position.  A wrestle is happened between the dentist and the soldier. But the lawyer upholds the case of her in the court and takes her side in the court. She admits that there was no erotic or other relation with them. But the lawyer wins the case, so he rapes her. Renato watches all deeds at her house and becomes sadomasochist. But he identifies that he is different from the other he wants to become the protector of her. But all only want physical relation. She becomes isolated from her father. In the bombing, her father is died. She becomes more penniless. She becomes scorned to all. Renato notices two German soldiers taking her and other woman to hotels. He faints there. His mother thinks demon is into his body. So, he is taken for exorcism. But his father takes him to the brothels. He does physical ecstatic relation with Malena as the initiative. But when the Americans occupy the town, the women of the town pull in out of the hotel and rip off her clothes and begin persecution on her, cut off her hairs.

 She moves in Messina by train. Once Nino Scordia, Maena’s husband comes back home. But the occupier in his house and others do not tell anything about Malena. Renato sends him an anonymous letter that she loves him still now, she is not a prostitute. The villagers have made her that. She moves Messina. After one year, Nino Scordia and Malena together stroll in the town. The women and the men notice that she is more matronly and plain than before. She looks enigmatic more. The women oppressed on her, respect her now and say good morning madam in the market while shopping.
 Malena replies them. At the road, some potatoes fall in the road, Renato helps her lifting them. He says ‘good luck, Malena Scordia’. This is the first time; Malena looked at someone and gives him an enigmatic half-smile.
Male Gaze, Voyeurism and politics in Malena (2000)  Malena (2000) is an Italian romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. The film is starred by Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Salfaro in the lead roles. The film is a strong example of the feminist Laura Mulvey and the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s concept ‘Male Gaze’ and ‘Voyeurism’. Besides, there are other important subjects for example; domination of patriarchal capitalist society, changing of occupation of the German and the American, Nostalgic evocation etc.     Gaetano Aronica and Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie   Main theme of the plot:  During the Second World War in 1940, 12 years old Renato experiences three main things; Second World War, getting a bicycle and first time notices a young beautiful woman called Malena in a little town of Sicily. Still then, no war was in that town. Malena’s husband was in force in Africa and fought the British. So, Malena is alone in the house. But she becomes the cause of lust of all the men and the women envy her as she is very beautiful, especially her eyes are very erotic. She looks a bit her father, a professor. She gets news that her husband is killed in the war. The citizens become more amorous. Her father gets an anonymous letter about his daughter’s eroticism. A soldier comes into her house at night for giving necessary needs. But she did not know that this event would take a serious position.  A wrestle is happened between the dentist and the soldier. But the lawyer upholds the case of her in the court and takes her side in the court. She admits that there was no erotic or other relation with them. But the lawyer wins the case, so he rapes her. Renato watches all deeds at her house and becomes sadomasochist. But he identifies that he is different from the other he wants to become the protector of her. But all only want physical relation. She becomes isolated from her father. In the bombing, her father is died. She becomes more penniless. She becomes scorned to all. Renato notices two German soldiers taking her and other woman to hotels. He faints there. His mother thinks demon is into his body. So, he is taken for exorcism. But his father takes him to the brothels. He does physical ecstatic relation with Malena as the initiative. But when the Americans occupy the town, the women of the town pull in out of the hotel and rip off her clothes and begin persecution on her, cut off her hairs.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie     She moves in Messina by train. Once Nino Scordia, Maena’s husband comes back home. But the occupier in his house and others do not tell anything about Malena. Renato sends him an anonymous letter that she loves him still now, she is not a prostitute. The villagers have made her that. She moves Messina. After one year, Nino Scordia and Malena together stroll in the town. The women and the men notice that she is more matronly and plain than before. She looks enigmatic more. The women oppressed on her, respect her now and say good morning madam in the market while shopping.   Malena replies them. At the road, some potatoes fall in the road, Renato helps her lifting them. He says ‘good luck, Malena Scordia’. This is the first time; Malena looked at someone and gives him an enigmatic half-smile.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie    Renato says’ "Time has passed and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them, I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked..."  "Malèna"     Male Gaze:  Laura Mulvey’s (1975) essay ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’ is the classical statement on popular film from the perspective of feminist psychoanalysis. A political weapon in a cinema is patriarchal society’s political psychoanalysis. Laura Mulvey calls the thing is ‘Male gaze’. Male gaze is the female is the object of male desire and she is the signifier of the threat of castration. She describes another term ‘schopophilia’ that means the pleasure of looking. Scopophilia is sexual; using another person as an object of sexual stimulation through sight. But in world structured by ‘sexual imbalance’ the pleasure of the gaze has been separated into two distinct positions: men look and women exhibit (to-be-looked-at-ness), both are playing to male desire and signifying. In the film Malena is the object of visual pleasure to the male and female. She exhibits her in the camera, to the active performer and the audiences. ‘When the heroine removes her clothes, it is for the sexual gaze of both the hero in the narrative and the spectator in the auditorium.’ In the film the patriarchal society takes Malena’s body as the sexual object and gets visual pleasure. But it is sexual pleasure. The women envy her beauty and voice. As they say her voice is god’s voice and her beauty is god gifted. Her eyes are erotic which can give pleasure any male person. But in the film the women have also watched Malena on the male gaze. Cause the director has wanted to show her body on the perspective of patriarchal society. And the active women also cannot come out from it (male gaze). So, they also watch her similarly with male person.   Giuseppe Sulfaro and his girlfriend and others in Malena (2000) Movie    Voyeurism:  It is concept of Sigmund Freud. It is also linked with scopophilic instinct. Scopophilia means the pleasure of looking. Female exhibit and men look. But scopophilia is sexual. Cause, man gets erotic pleasure looking the women’s body. As she is the sexual object in the film, we connect it with Renato. As she looks malena’s sexual activity, gets sexual pleasure. Voyeurism means deriving pleasure by watching others having sex. It can be spectator but in the movie Renato is active performer who derives sexual pleasure of Malena and lawyer or soldier.    Politics:  In the film there has been power practice by the patriarchal capitalist society. It was the time of Second World War. So, there, we notice the change of occupation. At first the Germans occupy the town Sicily but in the last of the movie Americans occupy the town. At the time of German occupation, the men take sexual pleasure, someone rapes, and force and stop providing food, and do physical relation in the hotel and the women envy her beauty, her voice her everything. But at time of American occupation the women oppress and do persecution on her. So, she cannot tolerate and moves away in Messina. The patriarchal society forces her to be prostitute. They stop her food. Penniless Malena’s last resort was hotel for livelihood. But the women started oppression and persecution on him to leave the town.   Malena (2000) Italian Movie Poster    Nostalgic Evocation:  It is the fundamental point of the film. Strolling of Malena and her husband to the town surprises the men and the women who oppressed on her. Love to one’s land or town is eternal. She tolerates a lot of oppression from the residents of the town. But she has never lost her courage. Malena is a very simple story. It has something drama comedy and erotic scenes. But its erotic activities and nostalgic evocation made the film an international recognition and commercial advantages.      Monica Bellucci looks at Giuseppe Sulfaro in Malena (2000) Movie    In a short, a woman is punished for her beauty. She is oppressed by the other women from the envy of her beauty. It is a very simple story about romance, comedy and tragedy. Its best score and best cinematography are the most valuable contribution. In a word, it a great work of Giuseppe Tornatore.
Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie 

Renato says’ "Time has passed and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them, I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked..."
"Malèna"

Male Gaze:
Laura Mulvey’s (1975) essay ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’ is the classical statement on popular film from the perspective of feminist psychoanalysis. A political weapon in a cinema is patriarchal society’s political psychoanalysis. Laura Mulvey calls the thing is ‘Male gaze’. Male gaze is the female is the object of male desire and she is the signifier of the threat of castration. She describes another term ‘schopophilia’ that means the pleasure of looking. Scopophilia is sexual; using another person as an object of sexual stimulation through sight. But in world structured by ‘sexual imbalance’ the pleasure of the gaze has been separated into two distinct positions: men look and women exhibit (to-be-looked-at-ness), both are playing to male desire and signifying. In the film Malena is the object of visual pleasure to the male and female. She exhibits her in the camera, to the active performer and the audiences. ‘When the heroine removes her clothes, it is for the sexual gaze of both the hero in the narrative and the spectator in the auditorium.’ In the film the patriarchal society takes Malena’s body as the sexual object and gets visual pleasure. But it is sexual pleasure. The women envy her beauty and voice. As they say her voice is god’s voice and her beauty is god gifted. Her eyes are erotic which can give pleasure any male person. But in the film the women have also watched Malena on the male gaze. Cause the director has wanted to show her body on the perspective of patriarchal society. And the active women also cannot come out from it (male gaze). So, they also watch her similarly with male person.
Male Gaze, Voyeurism and politics in Malena (2000)  Malena (2000) is an Italian romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. The film is starred by Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Salfaro in the lead roles. The film is a strong example of the feminist Laura Mulvey and the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s concept ‘Male Gaze’ and ‘Voyeurism’. Besides, there are other important subjects for example; domination of patriarchal capitalist society, changing of occupation of the German and the American, Nostalgic evocation etc.     Gaetano Aronica and Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie   Main theme of the plot:  During the Second World War in 1940, 12 years old Renato experiences three main things; Second World War, getting a bicycle and first time notices a young beautiful woman called Malena in a little town of Sicily. Still then, no war was in that town. Malena’s husband was in force in Africa and fought the British. So, Malena is alone in the house. But she becomes the cause of lust of all the men and the women envy her as she is very beautiful, especially her eyes are very erotic. She looks a bit her father, a professor. She gets news that her husband is killed in the war. The citizens become more amorous. Her father gets an anonymous letter about his daughter’s eroticism. A soldier comes into her house at night for giving necessary needs. But she did not know that this event would take a serious position.  A wrestle is happened between the dentist and the soldier. But the lawyer upholds the case of her in the court and takes her side in the court. She admits that there was no erotic or other relation with them. But the lawyer wins the case, so he rapes her. Renato watches all deeds at her house and becomes sadomasochist. But he identifies that he is different from the other he wants to become the protector of her. But all only want physical relation. She becomes isolated from her father. In the bombing, her father is died. She becomes more penniless. She becomes scorned to all. Renato notices two German soldiers taking her and other woman to hotels. He faints there. His mother thinks demon is into his body. So, he is taken for exorcism. But his father takes him to the brothels. He does physical ecstatic relation with Malena as the initiative. But when the Americans occupy the town, the women of the town pull in out of the hotel and rip off her clothes and begin persecution on her, cut off her hairs.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie     She moves in Messina by train. Once Nino Scordia, Maena’s husband comes back home. But the occupier in his house and others do not tell anything about Malena. Renato sends him an anonymous letter that she loves him still now, she is not a prostitute. The villagers have made her that. She moves Messina. After one year, Nino Scordia and Malena together stroll in the town. The women and the men notice that she is more matronly and plain than before. She looks enigmatic more. The women oppressed on her, respect her now and say good morning madam in the market while shopping.   Malena replies them. At the road, some potatoes fall in the road, Renato helps her lifting them. He says ‘good luck, Malena Scordia’. This is the first time; Malena looked at someone and gives him an enigmatic half-smile.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie    Renato says’ "Time has passed and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them, I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked..."  "Malèna"     Male Gaze:  Laura Mulvey’s (1975) essay ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’ is the classical statement on popular film from the perspective of feminist psychoanalysis. A political weapon in a cinema is patriarchal society’s political psychoanalysis. Laura Mulvey calls the thing is ‘Male gaze’. Male gaze is the female is the object of male desire and she is the signifier of the threat of castration. She describes another term ‘schopophilia’ that means the pleasure of looking. Scopophilia is sexual; using another person as an object of sexual stimulation through sight. But in world structured by ‘sexual imbalance’ the pleasure of the gaze has been separated into two distinct positions: men look and women exhibit (to-be-looked-at-ness), both are playing to male desire and signifying. In the film Malena is the object of visual pleasure to the male and female. She exhibits her in the camera, to the active performer and the audiences. ‘When the heroine removes her clothes, it is for the sexual gaze of both the hero in the narrative and the spectator in the auditorium.’ In the film the patriarchal society takes Malena’s body as the sexual object and gets visual pleasure. But it is sexual pleasure. The women envy her beauty and voice. As they say her voice is god’s voice and her beauty is god gifted. Her eyes are erotic which can give pleasure any male person. But in the film the women have also watched Malena on the male gaze. Cause the director has wanted to show her body on the perspective of patriarchal society. And the active women also cannot come out from it (male gaze). So, they also watch her similarly with male person.   Giuseppe Sulfaro and his girlfriend and others in Malena (2000) Movie    Voyeurism:  It is concept of Sigmund Freud. It is also linked with scopophilic instinct. Scopophilia means the pleasure of looking. Female exhibit and men look. But scopophilia is sexual. Cause, man gets erotic pleasure looking the women’s body. As she is the sexual object in the film, we connect it with Renato. As she looks malena’s sexual activity, gets sexual pleasure. Voyeurism means deriving pleasure by watching others having sex. It can be spectator but in the movie Renato is active performer who derives sexual pleasure of Malena and lawyer or soldier.    Politics:  In the film there has been power practice by the patriarchal capitalist society. It was the time of Second World War. So, there, we notice the change of occupation. At first the Germans occupy the town Sicily but in the last of the movie Americans occupy the town. At the time of German occupation, the men take sexual pleasure, someone rapes, and force and stop providing food, and do physical relation in the hotel and the women envy her beauty, her voice her everything. But at time of American occupation the women oppress and do persecution on her. So, she cannot tolerate and moves away in Messina. The patriarchal society forces her to be prostitute. They stop her food. Penniless Malena’s last resort was hotel for livelihood. But the women started oppression and persecution on him to leave the town.   Malena (2000) Italian Movie Poster    Nostalgic Evocation:  It is the fundamental point of the film. Strolling of Malena and her husband to the town surprises the men and the women who oppressed on her. Love to one’s land or town is eternal. She tolerates a lot of oppression from the residents of the town. But she has never lost her courage. Malena is a very simple story. It has something drama comedy and erotic scenes. But its erotic activities and nostalgic evocation made the film an international recognition and commercial advantages.      Monica Bellucci looks at Giuseppe Sulfaro in Malena (2000) Movie    In a short, a woman is punished for her beauty. She is oppressed by the other women from the envy of her beauty. It is a very simple story about romance, comedy and tragedy. Its best score and best cinematography are the most valuable contribution. In a word, it a great work of Giuseppe Tornatore.
Giuseppe Sulfaro and his girlfriend and others in Malena (2000) Movie 

Voyeurism:
It is concept of Sigmund Freud. It is also linked with scopophilic instinct. Scopophilia means the pleasure of looking. Female exhibit and men look. But scopophilia is sexual. Cause, man gets erotic pleasure looking the women’s body. As she is the sexual object in the film, we connect it with Renato. As she looks malena’s sexual activity, gets sexual pleasure. Voyeurism means deriving pleasure by watching others having sex. It can be spectator but in the movie Renato is active performer who derives sexual pleasure of Malena and lawyer or soldier.

Politics:
In the film there has been power practice by the patriarchal capitalist society. It was the time of Second World War. So, there, we notice the change of occupation. At first the Germans occupy the town Sicily but in the last of the movie Americans occupy the town. At the time of German occupation, the men take sexual pleasure, someone rapes, and force and stop providing food, and do physical relation in the hotel and the women envy her beauty, her voice her everything. But at time of American occupation the women oppress and do persecution on her. So, she cannot tolerate and moves away in Messina. The patriarchal society forces her to be prostitute. They stop her food. Penniless Malena’s last resort was hotel for livelihood. But the women started oppression and persecution on him to leave the town.
Male Gaze, Voyeurism and politics in Malena (2000)  Malena (2000) is an Italian romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. The film is starred by Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Salfaro in the lead roles. The film is a strong example of the feminist Laura Mulvey and the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s concept ‘Male Gaze’ and ‘Voyeurism’. Besides, there are other important subjects for example; domination of patriarchal capitalist society, changing of occupation of the German and the American, Nostalgic evocation etc.     Gaetano Aronica and Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie   Main theme of the plot:  During the Second World War in 1940, 12 years old Renato experiences three main things; Second World War, getting a bicycle and first time notices a young beautiful woman called Malena in a little town of Sicily. Still then, no war was in that town. Malena’s husband was in force in Africa and fought the British. So, Malena is alone in the house. But she becomes the cause of lust of all the men and the women envy her as she is very beautiful, especially her eyes are very erotic. She looks a bit her father, a professor. She gets news that her husband is killed in the war. The citizens become more amorous. Her father gets an anonymous letter about his daughter’s eroticism. A soldier comes into her house at night for giving necessary needs. But she did not know that this event would take a serious position.  A wrestle is happened between the dentist and the soldier. But the lawyer upholds the case of her in the court and takes her side in the court. She admits that there was no erotic or other relation with them. But the lawyer wins the case, so he rapes her. Renato watches all deeds at her house and becomes sadomasochist. But he identifies that he is different from the other he wants to become the protector of her. But all only want physical relation. She becomes isolated from her father. In the bombing, her father is died. She becomes more penniless. She becomes scorned to all. Renato notices two German soldiers taking her and other woman to hotels. He faints there. His mother thinks demon is into his body. So, he is taken for exorcism. But his father takes him to the brothels. He does physical ecstatic relation with Malena as the initiative. But when the Americans occupy the town, the women of the town pull in out of the hotel and rip off her clothes and begin persecution on her, cut off her hairs.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie     She moves in Messina by train. Once Nino Scordia, Maena’s husband comes back home. But the occupier in his house and others do not tell anything about Malena. Renato sends him an anonymous letter that she loves him still now, she is not a prostitute. The villagers have made her that. She moves Messina. After one year, Nino Scordia and Malena together stroll in the town. The women and the men notice that she is more matronly and plain than before. She looks enigmatic more. The women oppressed on her, respect her now and say good morning madam in the market while shopping.   Malena replies them. At the road, some potatoes fall in the road, Renato helps her lifting them. He says ‘good luck, Malena Scordia’. This is the first time; Malena looked at someone and gives him an enigmatic half-smile.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie    Renato says’ "Time has passed and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them, I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked..."  "Malèna"     Male Gaze:  Laura Mulvey’s (1975) essay ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’ is the classical statement on popular film from the perspective of feminist psychoanalysis. A political weapon in a cinema is patriarchal society’s political psychoanalysis. Laura Mulvey calls the thing is ‘Male gaze’. Male gaze is the female is the object of male desire and she is the signifier of the threat of castration. She describes another term ‘schopophilia’ that means the pleasure of looking. Scopophilia is sexual; using another person as an object of sexual stimulation through sight. But in world structured by ‘sexual imbalance’ the pleasure of the gaze has been separated into two distinct positions: men look and women exhibit (to-be-looked-at-ness), both are playing to male desire and signifying. In the film Malena is the object of visual pleasure to the male and female. She exhibits her in the camera, to the active performer and the audiences. ‘When the heroine removes her clothes, it is for the sexual gaze of both the hero in the narrative and the spectator in the auditorium.’ In the film the patriarchal society takes Malena’s body as the sexual object and gets visual pleasure. But it is sexual pleasure. The women envy her beauty and voice. As they say her voice is god’s voice and her beauty is god gifted. Her eyes are erotic which can give pleasure any male person. But in the film the women have also watched Malena on the male gaze. Cause the director has wanted to show her body on the perspective of patriarchal society. And the active women also cannot come out from it (male gaze). So, they also watch her similarly with male person.   Giuseppe Sulfaro and his girlfriend and others in Malena (2000) Movie    Voyeurism:  It is concept of Sigmund Freud. It is also linked with scopophilic instinct. Scopophilia means the pleasure of looking. Female exhibit and men look. But scopophilia is sexual. Cause, man gets erotic pleasure looking the women’s body. As she is the sexual object in the film, we connect it with Renato. As she looks malena’s sexual activity, gets sexual pleasure. Voyeurism means deriving pleasure by watching others having sex. It can be spectator but in the movie Renato is active performer who derives sexual pleasure of Malena and lawyer or soldier.    Politics:  In the film there has been power practice by the patriarchal capitalist society. It was the time of Second World War. So, there, we notice the change of occupation. At first the Germans occupy the town Sicily but in the last of the movie Americans occupy the town. At the time of German occupation, the men take sexual pleasure, someone rapes, and force and stop providing food, and do physical relation in the hotel and the women envy her beauty, her voice her everything. But at time of American occupation the women oppress and do persecution on her. So, she cannot tolerate and moves away in Messina. The patriarchal society forces her to be prostitute. They stop her food. Penniless Malena’s last resort was hotel for livelihood. But the women started oppression and persecution on him to leave the town.   Malena (2000) Italian Movie Poster    Nostalgic Evocation:  It is the fundamental point of the film. Strolling of Malena and her husband to the town surprises the men and the women who oppressed on her. Love to one’s land or town is eternal. She tolerates a lot of oppression from the residents of the town. But she has never lost her courage. Malena is a very simple story. It has something drama comedy and erotic scenes. But its erotic activities and nostalgic evocation made the film an international recognition and commercial advantages.      Monica Bellucci looks at Giuseppe Sulfaro in Malena (2000) Movie    In a short, a woman is punished for her beauty. She is oppressed by the other women from the envy of her beauty. It is a very simple story about romance, comedy and tragedy. Its best score and best cinematography are the most valuable contribution. In a word, it a great work of Giuseppe Tornatore.
Malena (2000) Italian Movie Poster 

Nostalgic Evocation:
It is the fundamental point of the film. Strolling of Malena and her husband to the town surprises the men and the women who oppressed on her. Love to one’s land or town is eternal. She tolerates a lot of oppression from the residents of the town. But she has never lost her courage. Malena is a very simple story. It has something drama comedy and erotic scenes. But its erotic activities and nostalgic evocation made the film an international recognition and commercial advantages.

Male Gaze, Voyeurism and politics in Malena (2000)  Malena (2000) is an Italian romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. The film is starred by Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Salfaro in the lead roles. The film is a strong example of the feminist Laura Mulvey and the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s concept ‘Male Gaze’ and ‘Voyeurism’. Besides, there are other important subjects for example; domination of patriarchal capitalist society, changing of occupation of the German and the American, Nostalgic evocation etc.     Gaetano Aronica and Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie   Main theme of the plot:  During the Second World War in 1940, 12 years old Renato experiences three main things; Second World War, getting a bicycle and first time notices a young beautiful woman called Malena in a little town of Sicily. Still then, no war was in that town. Malena’s husband was in force in Africa and fought the British. So, Malena is alone in the house. But she becomes the cause of lust of all the men and the women envy her as she is very beautiful, especially her eyes are very erotic. She looks a bit her father, a professor. She gets news that her husband is killed in the war. The citizens become more amorous. Her father gets an anonymous letter about his daughter’s eroticism. A soldier comes into her house at night for giving necessary needs. But she did not know that this event would take a serious position.  A wrestle is happened between the dentist and the soldier. But the lawyer upholds the case of her in the court and takes her side in the court. She admits that there was no erotic or other relation with them. But the lawyer wins the case, so he rapes her. Renato watches all deeds at her house and becomes sadomasochist. But he identifies that he is different from the other he wants to become the protector of her. But all only want physical relation. She becomes isolated from her father. In the bombing, her father is died. She becomes more penniless. She becomes scorned to all. Renato notices two German soldiers taking her and other woman to hotels. He faints there. His mother thinks demon is into his body. So, he is taken for exorcism. But his father takes him to the brothels. He does physical ecstatic relation with Malena as the initiative. But when the Americans occupy the town, the women of the town pull in out of the hotel and rip off her clothes and begin persecution on her, cut off her hairs.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie     She moves in Messina by train. Once Nino Scordia, Maena’s husband comes back home. But the occupier in his house and others do not tell anything about Malena. Renato sends him an anonymous letter that she loves him still now, she is not a prostitute. The villagers have made her that. She moves Messina. After one year, Nino Scordia and Malena together stroll in the town. The women and the men notice that she is more matronly and plain than before. She looks enigmatic more. The women oppressed on her, respect her now and say good morning madam in the market while shopping.   Malena replies them. At the road, some potatoes fall in the road, Renato helps her lifting them. He says ‘good luck, Malena Scordia’. This is the first time; Malena looked at someone and gives him an enigmatic half-smile.   Monica Bellucci in Malena (2000) Movie    Renato says’ "Time has passed and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them, I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked..."  "Malèna"     Male Gaze:  Laura Mulvey’s (1975) essay ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’ is the classical statement on popular film from the perspective of feminist psychoanalysis. A political weapon in a cinema is patriarchal society’s political psychoanalysis. Laura Mulvey calls the thing is ‘Male gaze’. Male gaze is the female is the object of male desire and she is the signifier of the threat of castration. She describes another term ‘schopophilia’ that means the pleasure of looking. Scopophilia is sexual; using another person as an object of sexual stimulation through sight. But in world structured by ‘sexual imbalance’ the pleasure of the gaze has been separated into two distinct positions: men look and women exhibit (to-be-looked-at-ness), both are playing to male desire and signifying. In the film Malena is the object of visual pleasure to the male and female. She exhibits her in the camera, to the active performer and the audiences. ‘When the heroine removes her clothes, it is for the sexual gaze of both the hero in the narrative and the spectator in the auditorium.’ In the film the patriarchal society takes Malena’s body as the sexual object and gets visual pleasure. But it is sexual pleasure. The women envy her beauty and voice. As they say her voice is god’s voice and her beauty is god gifted. Her eyes are erotic which can give pleasure any male person. But in the film the women have also watched Malena on the male gaze. Cause the director has wanted to show her body on the perspective of patriarchal society. And the active women also cannot come out from it (male gaze). So, they also watch her similarly with male person.   Giuseppe Sulfaro and his girlfriend and others in Malena (2000) Movie    Voyeurism:  It is concept of Sigmund Freud. It is also linked with scopophilic instinct. Scopophilia means the pleasure of looking. Female exhibit and men look. But scopophilia is sexual. Cause, man gets erotic pleasure looking the women’s body. As she is the sexual object in the film, we connect it with Renato. As she looks malena’s sexual activity, gets sexual pleasure. Voyeurism means deriving pleasure by watching others having sex. It can be spectator but in the movie Renato is active performer who derives sexual pleasure of Malena and lawyer or soldier.    Politics:  In the film there has been power practice by the patriarchal capitalist society. It was the time of Second World War. So, there, we notice the change of occupation. At first the Germans occupy the town Sicily but in the last of the movie Americans occupy the town. At the time of German occupation, the men take sexual pleasure, someone rapes, and force and stop providing food, and do physical relation in the hotel and the women envy her beauty, her voice her everything. But at time of American occupation the women oppress and do persecution on her. So, she cannot tolerate and moves away in Messina. The patriarchal society forces her to be prostitute. They stop her food. Penniless Malena’s last resort was hotel for livelihood. But the women started oppression and persecution on him to leave the town.   Malena (2000) Italian Movie Poster    Nostalgic Evocation:  It is the fundamental point of the film. Strolling of Malena and her husband to the town surprises the men and the women who oppressed on her. Love to one’s land or town is eternal. She tolerates a lot of oppression from the residents of the town. But she has never lost her courage. Malena is a very simple story. It has something drama comedy and erotic scenes. But its erotic activities and nostalgic evocation made the film an international recognition and commercial advantages.      Monica Bellucci looks at Giuseppe Sulfaro in Malena (2000) Movie    In a short, a woman is punished for her beauty. She is oppressed by the other women from the envy of her beauty. It is a very simple story about romance, comedy and tragedy. Its best score and best cinematography are the most valuable contribution. In a word, it a great work of Giuseppe Tornatore.
Monica Bellucci looks at Giuseppe Sulfaro in Malena (2000) Movie 

In a short, a woman is punished for her beauty. She is oppressed by the other women from the envy of her beauty. It is a very simple story about romance, comedy and tragedy. Its best score and best cinematography are the most valuable contribution. In a word, it a great work of Giuseppe Tornatore.


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