The Potency of the Female in Bellocchio’s Films
Alessia Cervini

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.