While there is no singing in Sue's documentary or the film as a whole, the noose is fetishistically
figured, similar to both the earlier 1965 version, and 2002's The Legend of Bhagat Singh.
Yet the visual and plastic vocabulary Carsen and frequent collaborators Radu and Miruna Boruzescu (sets and costumes, respectively) employed has become somewhat predictable: bombed-out sets featuring exposed wires and crumbling masonry; enlarged portraits of one character (Mitridate) to whom arias arc sung (always ineffective); fetishistically
brandished Uzis and handguns; the inevitable toilet and guzzled flasks; a bed on which both female characters were humiliated; masturbation; inadequate neon lighting; plus ominous business suits and military uniforms (men) and diva couture (women).
As Kapoor relates in a conversation with curator Nicholas Baume published in the fetishistically
designed catalogue, "I read somewhere that certain monks formally ask each other if they are pregnant yet, and that has to do with whether they have reached a state of spiritual accomplishment.
While Parker fetishistically
toys with Robert in feminine positions, with being looked at, and with desiring the male other, the overall trajectory of the narrative overcomes such moments.
The sexualized elements of the Abu Ghraib torture regimes, though less fatal than in lynchings, are more explicitly rendered in the photographs: while lynchers generally took care to cover the castrated genitals of their victims in photographs (the covering fetishistically
evoking and denying black male potency), no such restraint is evident in the Abu Ghraib images.
In effect, the post-modern emotion can be fetishistically
internal and graphically demonstrative only in terms of performance, really play for play's sake.
The "living spirit" of each region was fetishistically
displayed in the form of "venerable bottles" arranged in separate niches like religious objects and surrounded--in reliquary fashion--by decorative panels that called attention, much like the stations of a potential tourist pilgrimage, to the region's archeological sites and geographic riches (Labbe 1938, vol.
The movie camera was clearly deemed important in this representation, both as a means of narcissistically projecting Rio's new, modern identity to its own urban citizens and of fetishistically
displaying it for 'others'.