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Instead it's seen as harsher, crueler because of the music.
The oddness and seeming cruelty of Ballen's earlier work, in which the subjects often appeared to perform their abjection for the camera, has been elevated here to a more abstract, poetic plane--one that may be all the crueler for the artist's ability to aestheticize, and therefore mask, real destitution.
Jekyll and Hyde is the story of doctor Jekyll who drinks a potion, which creates a younger and crueler version of him, named Hyde.
In 1742, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, wrote: "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
That should be cause for happiness, but he suffers from an increasing awareness of friends, relatives and neighbors whom he perceives as more deserving but who suffer far crueler fates.
Auto-da-fe': Cruel as the grave/you said of jealousy/that night you were even crueler,/when I came to you still/in the winding sheet.
Lust, anger and gluttony in this reckoning are thought warm hearted, bodily sins, proceeding as they do from physical passions; pride, greed, sloth and envy are cold-blooded, proceeding as they do from states of mind, and (with the exception of sloth) inherently crueler.
The racist system's myriad injustices aren't illuminated in any particularly new or striking way, except that maybe Tim Robbins' police colonel Nic Vos finds the crueler aspects of his job distasteful and seems mainly motivated by a real concern that his wife and daughters are threatened by the nation's black majority and Communist insurgents.