Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wild Bunch

What I noticed most about this film was the portrayal of women it presented. Even though Mexican men are shown as characteristically diverse, the women in this film are not given that benefit.
Just like the excessive violence of the film which becomes somewhat ineffectual, the portrayal of women becomes cliched also. There seemed to be breasts shown bare too often so much so that it didn't mean anything when they were. The scene when the two Americans frolick with the 3 Mexican women was quite upsetting to me too. The women were just getting thrown around and stripped by the men as if they were some inate object; It was pretty disgusting to me. The unimportance of death of women also upset me. When the Mexican's ex lover is killed by him, and later the fact that the procession of prayers was interrupted by the drunk yells of the Mexicans and Americans shows this degradation of women. There is even a point in the last battle scene in which one of the Mexicans uses a women as a shield against bullets.
Thus far I have just given examples of how Mexiacn were are shown in action, but what I think is most important is the scene in which the Americans leave the women with the baby and do not pay them for their prostitution. This is bad enough, but I remembered how the Americans had earlier talked of spending all of their money back in America on whores. So I'm left to see the deliberate juxtaposition between the American's tratement of Mexican women and American ones, even if they are whores. Aiding in this moral crime is the Mexican men's inability to stand up for their fellow country people and their willingness to aid the Americans for an eventual benefit to their violent cause.

3 comments:

  1. I totally agree with your comment on their attitude toward women. I think they seem brave, but probablly it's very masculino in Mexico. Women are pity there.

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  2. "the Mexican men's inability to stand up for their fellow country people"

    But the Mexican men do stand up for their fellow country people. And in the end, the sole surviving Americans join them in what's portrayed as a truly revolutionary effort to get rid of the corrupt leaders.

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  3. As you have mentioned there wasn't a whole lot of reasoning as to why they had to show the women the way they were. As all the men were acting drunk and ridiculous they figured to make the women act the same or worse.

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