Fealdad y belleza en las representaciones del villano en el cine mudo europeo y estadounidense

  1. David Fuentefría Rodríguez 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España

    ROR https://ror.org/01r9z8p25

Revista Latente: Revista de Historia y Estética del Audiovisual

ISSN: 1697-459X

Year of publication: 2022

Issue: 20

Pages: 113-134

Type: Article

DOI: 10.25145/J.LATENTE.2022.20.05 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor


This paper proposes a brief anthological review of the main representations of the villain in European and American silent films, from 1910, covering their most characteristic faces, scenes and keys, under the aesthetic notions of beauty and ugliness. The text addresses evil from different perspectives as a construction element of antagonistic images, differentiating when it proceeds between representations based on reality, or totally fictional, teratological or non-teratological, in addition to abounding in the aspects of the characterization and aesthetic construction of the evil one, with some notes on the subsequent influence of specific characters. The face as a frontal or opaque mirror of evil, plus a review of the female villains at this stage, finally find their own space throughout the compilation.