The Potency of the
Female in Bellocchio’s Films
In Bellocchio’s films power
and potency are set against each other as irreconcilable figures. Power
is essentially linked to the male and to the coercive institutions, that
in many cases correspond to it: family, school, army. In contrast,
potency is embodied in the female characters of many of his films.
These women are able to break with what has already been established and
are able to replace it with the force and the impetuousness of what is
possible and what is imaginable.