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February 15, 2013
ENGL 366-Reaction #1
The female bombs at the Battle of Algier
From the film, The Battle of Algier, was a scene that displayed the “female bombers”. These were women who placed bombs in distinct spots that weren’t actually noticed because of what the bomb was placed inside. The scene begins off playing dancing music at what appeared to be a carefree type of restaurant. Women and men were laughing, talking, and dancing. One lady looked very suspicious as she kept looking around to make sure no one had their eyes on her. She gave off a vibe that would be distinguished by others being “up to something”. The music from start to finish at this restaurant never changes. Once she leaves, the setting changes and an attendant speak over the intercom at the airport about a delay in a flight. Another woman sits down, placing a bag very discreetly under her chair and moves it back just a little to not draw any attention to her. Lastly, the scene shoots at another restaurant focusing on the bar. The camera directly moves to another bag which is actually a purse placed on the floor.
The most noticeable things in this scene are the women, their body language/vibe, the purses that contains the bomb, and the clock. All of these are a part of the “female bombers”. In order for their work to succeed, they have to include necessary things that will make the explosion a success and not a fail. Noticing from the film, everything looked to be fine. There weren’t any signs given toward any of the people that would make them feel unsafe. Their body language did signify that there was strangeness to them, but no one actually picked up on it. All three women were conducting this business by their self. They didn’t use any help from anyone and worked smoothly to be sure the bomb exploded at the right time. The images here in this scene were the purses and the clock located on the wall. The camera would zoom in on the purses so that the audience would see something had to be placed in there that the customers in these different areas knew nothing about. The clock represented time. Everything was to be completed by a certain time and as time moved closer, the bomb was to set off. None of the bombs exploded at the same time. This was expressed when the customers from the first diner actually went out to see what was going on. Once they thought it was only something not matching to a bomb explosion, they continued to their dancing just to be bombed next.
The audio sound and the bomb sound were two distinct sounds. The sound inside the restaurant was jolly and happy coming from a radio. The people danced to the sound of the music having a good time. The bomb sound was loud, disturbing, and even reached a reaction from the people causing them to yell. Once the bomb had exploded, no other sounds were heard from the scene. The only sound heard was the voice of the people scared for their life. The bomb only went off once, but could caused for the audio machine that played music not to play again. Certain sound attracts certain responses. Loud and banging sounds will attract responses that are scared, frightened, and worried. Sounds that are cheery, warm, and groovy will attract responses that are calm, pleasant, and at peace. To place one sound after the other, the negative sounds overpowers with that repeating sound more than likely playing in each person’s mind and ears.
After reading Michel Foucault “The Birth of the Prison”, it gave me insight to just how the prison began as well as the birth of it. The birth of the prison is similar to that of the prison system that is used today by the extreme securities, inmate count three times a day, an hour and a half of specific lessons each day, etc are still common things that are used in today’s jails and prisons. Mettray represented the birth of a new kind of supervision. Mettray was considered the most famous of a series of carceral institutions. So a question that I was curious in asking was why choose this moment as the beginning of the modern art of punishment? What events or actions could have possibly led to gain this title? Why would these events or actions occur during this time? Are they any different than what occurs during the time now as far as punishment is concerned? The political issue of the prisons is whether to keep them or have something else in place of. The ongoing problem today is that the increasing use of mechanisms of normalization and the powers attached to them making it far more likely to decrease the chances of having these prisons in placed continually. The carceral system that Foucault speaks on can actually have some hope of change to it. It all depends upon the deputy and other people who works closely under this to make that determination if it is or isn’t a beneficial or in most cases harmful.
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