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Filmtalk about: True Detective (since 2014)

The first season of HBO’s crime mystery True Detective, written by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, follows a pair of Louisiana State detectives who hunt a serial killer over a period of 17 years. The fictional story about corruption, child trafficking, sexual abuse, and occult practices evokes other filmic engagements with provincial horror and noir mysteries, some of which are at least partly inspired by real crimes, such as the British triology Red Riding (2009) (loosely based on the so-called »Yorkshire Ripper« killings), La Isla Míníma (Marshland) (2014) by Alberto Rodríguez Librero and its German adaptation Freies Land (2019). Like these works, True Detective excels at exploring home as unheimlich and presents a fascinating contemporary treatment of the uncanny. It captures the lushness of the Southern swamps as well as the moral decay of local leaders and the quiet complicity of ordinary citizens, leaving viewers to detect the horror that can lurk in the home and in the beauty of the open landscape.

Filmvortrag in englischer Sprache: Magdalena Pfalzgraf (Research assistant at the chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies and teaches at the research division New English Literatures and Cultures (NELK) at Goethe University, Frankfurt. Her PhD focused on mobility in contemporary Zimbabwean literatures in English. She has published and given talks on African city writing, on rural-urban migration in Zimbabwean and in Ghanaian literature, whiteness in Zimbabwean literature. Further teaching and research interest include Southern African literatures in English, transculturality, postcolonial studies.)

USA 2014, R: Nic Pizzolatto ,

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