De verandering in representatie van het destructieve punkkoppel in film.
Onderwijsinstelling: KU Leuven
Studierichting: Culturele Studies
Promotor: Anneleen Masschelein
Student: Eva Verbeek
Love will tear us apart, The changing representation of the destructive punk couple in film. In the many studies on subculture, themes as style or music have been very common. The way of living of such subcultural groups is often an understudied section, especially for the punk subculture. This master thesis tries to fill in the gaps, and does so by focusing on the couple’s love lives. The theoretical part of the thesis consists of the literature on subculture and punk as a subculture and of a review of romance in film. Most importantly, there are four case studies to examine the subject. Sid & Nancy (Cox, 1986) and Control (Corbijn, 2007) depict two mythic from the punk culture in various periods in various times. On the other hand, Kurt and Courtney (Broomfield, 1997) and John & Yoko: A love story (Stern, 1986) feature other (destructive) couples in popular culture, although not within the punk subculture.
The analysis focuses on typical subcultural elements of style, including language use, music choice of the film, substance abuse problems and psychical problems are explored. Next, we will focus on the representation of the couples, with a focus on love in general, destructiveness in the form of Eros and Thanatos and their sexual lives. For Kurt and Courtney (Broomfield, 1997) and John & Yoko: A love story (Stern, 1986) no style characteristics have been foregrounded, they serve as comparisons for the punk films.