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Is Fassbinder saying that this butchery is what "gives voice" to the otherwise inchoate Elvira? Is she speaking for the silenced bodies of the slaughtered cows, or are their bodies actually "speaking" for her, when she talks and talks but does not express what she needs to express the most: her pain of having been sacrificed? A third element of this sequence is the use of a Handel organ concerto on the soundtrack: the High Baroque music gives an almost gothic air to these proceedings, suggesting both a cathedral funeral and an ecstatic, candle-lit transport of the spirit...
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It is to a more ancient world that this organ music properly belongs ? just as, I imagine, in some earlier age, the bloodshed itself, and even Elvira's "hermaphroditism" would have had a better chance of being, or at least seeming to be, a natural part of the world. Even Elvira's obsessive, romanticised love for Anton Saitz (Gottfried John), the man for whom she had the sex change, belongs to a more archaic era...
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