Examine and discuss the portrayal of masculinity in the films of Martin Scorsese.

Fry, Andrew (2009) Examine and discuss the portrayal of masculinity in the films of Martin Scorsese. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will be examining the depiction of masculinity in the films of Martin Scorsese. Focus will be placed upon the portrayal of male/female relationships in Mean Streets (Scorsese 1973), male/male relationships in Raging Bull (Scorsese. 1980) and the representation of violence in The Departed (Scorsese 2006). Emphasis will also be placed on the autobiographical elements of Scorsese's work and what this connotes to the audience with regard to the director's male protagonists. The depiction of masculinity is influenced by Scorsese's Catholic beliefs and the sense of guilt the director feels due to his own marital failings, Scorsese has been married five times. Extensive biographical research was undertaken into the life of Martin Scorsese in order to discuss the autobiographical elements contained within the films. The findings of this study are that the masculinity depicted within the films is weak and fatally flawed, leading the protagonists to commit violent acts against both men and women, ending the films alone or dead. The protagonist's flaws are further highlighted by the token female characters, whose primary narrative function is to act as a cipher for the men. The films under discussion could be considered as propagating the phallocentric nature of cinema. Close textual analysis of key scenes from the three primary texts will provide the foundations of the arguments. This will be supported by research into masculine and feminine studies. Research will also be undertaken into queer cinema studies to support the argument for Raging Bull's homosexual subtext.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/694

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