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Leger Grindon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739886

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.001.0001

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“Hitting Below the Belt”

“Hitting Below the Belt”

Violence, Suffering, and Male Emotion

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Leger Grindon

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines violence in the boxing film, arguing that though an entertainment, the boxing film portrays suffering as central to experience. The genre also highlights conflicts between righteous anger and powerlessness, as well as the dilemmas posed by the tension between emotional discipline and sensitivity. The analysis includes films such as City for Conquest (1940), From Here to Eternity (1953), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), and Fat City (1972).

Keywords:   boxing film genre, American boxing films, violence, American popular culture, righteous anger, powerlessness, emotional discipline, sensitivity

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