Dramaturgy of the character of the tempter devil in the movie

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The article discusses dramatic techniques that contribute to the formation of the image of the seducer in the context of a film production. The seducer is usually a manipulator who provokes his victim and manipulates her personal needs and desire for forbidden pleasure. Such a character always plays on other people's weaknesses, as he has enough information to implement his manipulative strategies. To do this, the seducing manipulator uses a psychological or real mask, hiding his true face and intentions behind it. The image of the seducer in films is often correlated with the image of the devil, since the manipulator is the personification of evil, acting for his personal benefit with the help of lies and pretense. However, the visualization of the image in question is not always carried out in a classic mythological or religious manner, but can only be an intellectualized concept of evil. The external features of the seducing character become less significant than his behavioral characteristics. The game element in the image of the demonic seducer is the presence of a mask and the hidden intentions of the character who plays a manipulative game, pursuing his selfish goals. Such character types in most cases include scammers and swindlers, but the motive of seduction can be also realized through the anthropomorphic incarnation of the devil on the screen. An integral element of temptation is mystery. In fact, mystery is only the outline of the object of desire, its ideal image, which is drawn by the fantasy of the tempted person. A mystery can be an object of seduction, but it also lies in the image of a seducing protagonist. The image of the devil, in its turn, is portrayed in the dramatic structure of the film in a similar way, since such a character has a dual nature and hides his true face under a mask, which makes him shrouded in mystery.

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Batova Maria A.

Post-Graduate student of the Department of Film Dramaturgy


S.A.Gerasimov Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK)
, 3, Wilhelm Pik street, 129226 Moscow, Russia

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Email: mana93@mail.ru

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