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Yours in Revolution: Retrofitting Carlos the Jackal

Thomas, S.

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This paper explores the representation of ‘Carlos the Jackal’, the one-time ‘World’s Most Wanted Man’ and ‘International Face of Terror’ – primarily in cin-ema but also encompassing other forms of popular culture and aspects of Cold War policy-making. At the centre of the analysis is Olivier Assayas’s Carlos (2010), a transnational, five and a half hour film (first screened as a TV mini-series) about the life and times of the infamous militant. Concentrating on the var-ious ways in which Assayas expresses a critical preoccupation with names and faces through complex formal composition, the project examines the play of ab-straction and embodiment that emerges from the narrativisation of terrorist vio-lence. Lastly, it seeks to engage with the hidden implications of Carlos in terms of the intertwined trajectories of formal experimentation and revolutionary politics.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 26, 2013
Deposit Date Feb 9, 2012
Publicly Available Date Oct 6, 2013
Journal Culture Unbound
Publisher Linköpings University Electronic Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Pages 451-478
Keywords Terrorism, Carlos the Jackal, Naming, Faciality, Cold War, Embodiment, Assayas.
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