Katheryn Bigelow And Her Changing Techniques

It would be almost impossible, in 2019, to not have run into some of the work of Katheryn Bigelow. The writer, director, and producer has had a prolific career, giving us films such as Near Dark, Point Break, Strange Days, K-19: The WidowmakerThe Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and Detroit.

What do all of these films have in common? Some are hard-hitting, some are playful — but they deal with violence. In many ways, in fact, she’s a master of violence on film — not because of how she portrays it, but because of how her portrayal has evolved.

“Kathryn Bigelow’s style has developed and matured over the years, but perhaps this maturation is most noticeable in her portrayal of cinematic violence,” the description explains. “Bigelow admits to including ‘seductive violence’ in her early work. In these films, the violence is sleek and polished, almost glamorized. But there was a very noticeable change around the mid-90s when Bigelow began to show violence in a much more critical, visceral manner.”

From more detached scenes that can be seen as glorifying cinematic violence to the uncomfortably close point-of-view shots, Bigelow has approached the issue with so many different techniques. This video breaks down some of her directorial trademarks to understand how her approach to violence has changed throughout her career.

You can see the whole breakdown here:



While some applaud her work and others criticize, it’s clear that she’s willing to tackle the issue of violence in film head-on. Throughout the years, she has evolved — and her audiences stay with her.