Time for me to resurrect the old topic…
3 movies mentioned here have rape scenes that really bugged me. Only one is SW though.
I really disliked how the stuff was handled in Once upon a time in America. It made the whole movie very annoying for me. Beautiful movie, but because of that rape scene whole story left the bad taste in my mouth.
Giu la testa: in this you see that rape scene coming. We have bunch of upper class hypocrites who are looking down on (literary) poor Juan, who they see as lesser being, when in reality they are no better/even worse than him. So you know Juan will pretty soon have his revenge and show them for what they really are. Of course the stiff, frigid, upper class puritan woman secretly desires real man, so you know what is coming to her. Juan is not an angel after all (especially at the start of the movie) and also he didn’t had use much force (that is the point, actually). I still find that scene distasteful and wrong because it is the only woman in the movie! (if we don’t count the flashbacks) So there is no counterbalance to show better attitude towards women in that movie.
High plains drifter: I still don’t know what’s my verdict on the scene in this movie. It shocked me pretty much first time I saw it, but we must remember that the Clint is having his revenge on the WHOLE town from the begging, he hates them all. Whole town is (literary) turned into hell in this movie, I guess this kind of stuff belongs to Hell, so maybe we should tolerate it in the context of this movie same as we tolerate all the vengeful killings and mutilations.