Ok, here’s a question I’ve had on my mind for a while… every now and then, there’ll be a rape of a woman in a spaghetti western, and I’m taken aback at how it’s usually handled. Let me give a few examples:
-in Cemetary without Crosses, Manuel, who seems to be a pretty decent guy, lets the thugs rape the kidnapped daughter, and thinks nothing of it.
in Face to Face, Volonte’s character rapes a woman, and in the next scene, she’s pretty much in love with him
in Sonny and Jed, more or less the same thing happens
I’m sure there’s others, and we even see something similar in Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America. He got into some trouble for making some rather casual comments about it, making the rape seem trivial, as well.
Is this a cultural thing? Is there something different in an old-world European perspective that I’m unaware of (no, I’m not saying Europeans tolerate rape - let me be clear). This idea of a woman falling in love with her rapist is just not normal, and something you’d almost NEVER see in an American film, even today.