putridity


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Corruption positions flesh at the bottom of the retort where it decomposes into the pitch and putridity of vice or where it is disintegrated by suffering until it evaporates as holiness.
The mimetic relationship between what the viewer sees (the spectacle, whether text or image) and what the viewer hears (narration, story telling in voice-over) establishes the film's paradigm: what frightens is both seen and heard, and that the film itself is just as much of a terrible substance as the putridity of moldering flesh dragged into to the light of day.
Florence Nightingale placed this belief in the putridity of "stagnant air" at the center of her rules on nursing: her first rule stresses the importance of continued access to fresh air so as to avoid air that has become "musty and corrupt" and which is "ripe to breed smallpox, scarlet fever, diphtheria or anything else you please" ("Notes on Nursing" 35).