The courtesan’s story is moved to the present day, her story shifted to one of globalization and sex trafficking in the Balkans. Instead of the first Courtesan’s glorious, bloody vision of revenge, this scene ends with a fatalistic exhortation to the two mercenaries – “just kill as many as you can before they hang you.”
Levine: how is this scene political?
One question is about how we think of free will, and of political power and personal power different in these two visions … what do you gain or lose by making the details of the scene more contemporary?
Does the fact that the first scene is from a bygone era make any difference to its political impact? The second scene carries a lot of terms – IMF, Friedman – that provoke an immediate response with regard to what people are already thinking …