azdak: Face of Klimt's Music II (Default)
posted by [personal profile] azdak at 05:19pm on 06/08/2017
Having finished Dance of the Vampires, I have to say it's terribly rape-y. It's not just all the male gaze-y stuff about Sarah, constantly being observed naked in her bathtub by a succession of men (and, of course, the audience), or Chagal's controlling attitude to her sexuality, or even her being bitten by Krolock (which at least is consensual, even if she appears to regret it immediately afterwards). I don't like any of that, but it's harmless compared with what happens to poor Magda, who actually SINGS about how she doesn't like being raped by Chagal (kind of a bleak topic for a comic musical, as nobody involved in the productions ever appears to have said), and then when she tries to turn the tables on him, by saying to his corpse "Who's the one with the power now?" gets non-consensually bitten and discovers she just loves having sex with her rapist after all (she literally sings that - I'm not reading between the lines here). Even if I hadn't known the story was by Polanksi, I would not have been totally surprised to learn that the author went on to violently rape a thirteen year old girl. As I said, it's a very rape-y text.

Also, the make-up and body language makes Chagal look as if he's playing Shylock in a Nazi production of the Merchant of Venice and I am more than slightly surprised that no one on the creative team questioned this, given that it is, after all, an Austrian production. This, unlike the rapiness, is not Polanksi's fault - the film Chagal is much less stereotypically Jewish (and yet, weirdly, in the film the audience is assumed to be able to make the connection when Chagal scoffs at Magda's cross, saying "Have you got the wrong vampire!", while in the musical he carefully explains "That trick won't work - I'm a Jewish vampire!" Unsurprisingly, I have changed this back.)

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