The paper deals with screen fictional violence (TV and cinema). The analysis focuses on the genres of gangster, war, horror and action films. The interesting point in the paper is the evolution of means of violence visualization, until the postmodernist version without context or interpretation. The psychology of reception and the paradox of receptive pleasures drawn from watching brutal scenes are analyzed in the paper. The author underlines the variety of explanations and sources of this kind of pleasures. However, one must admit that there is more than one universal theory in this field.
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