to rape

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 20 14:31:04 UTC 2014

Not in OED:

2007 Michael Haneke in _N.Y. Times_ (Sept. 23) [

"I’ve been accused of ‘raping’ the audience in my films, and I admit to
that freely — all movies assault the viewer in one way or another. What’s
different about my films is this: I’m trying to rape the viewer into

I suppose he means, "To shock, as by means of an artistic work."

PS: I never felt much "assaulted" by Doris Day movies, for example, or _The
Lord of the Rings_ or even _Citizen Kane_.  (OK, _Eraserhead_.) But I was
probably too aesthetically obtuse to notice.

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