As a motivation in drama, revenge lacks subtlety. Cunning it may be, and passionate, of course. But nothing that demands unswerving commitment can be described as nuanced. From Aeschylus to Webster, tragedians have dramatized the simplistic and self-warping nature of retributive murder. In addition to causing more practical harm than good, an eye-for-an-eye ethic blinds one to the essential ambivalence and moral contradictions of being human. It's hard to imagine a more potent emblem of vengeance's ravaging power than Toshiko Takeuchi's Clytemnestra, the paralyzed queen of Japanese director... More >>>