Again, these brutal, disturbing images are recontextualised by their "forced" interaction with Elvira's monologue. We hear her begin to speak just as she and Zora enter the slaughterhouse, but there's an odd disconnect to Elvira's speech in this scene: it's completely disembodied. I know that Elvira is addressing Zora in this monologue, but, when the camera shows Elvira, she's never talking; Elvira's voice is heard only when the camera is showing the grisly work of the butchers, the machinery of the slaughterhouse, the assembly line of animal death and the butchered cows. Is Fassbinder saying that this butchery is what "gives voice" to the otherwise inchoate Elvira? Is she speaking for the silenced bodies of the slaughtered cows, or are their bodies actually "speaking" for her, when she talks and talks but does not express what she needs to express the most: her pain of having been sacrificed?
A third element of this sequence is the use of a Handel organ concerto on the soundtrack: the High Baroque music gives an almost... [continues]
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