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Critical Flicker Fusion

Psychoanalysis at the Movies, 1st Edition

By William Fried


184 pages

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The premise of this book is that films, like other works of the imagination, may be elucidated by applying methods derived from psychoanalysis, and that doing so will result in a deeper and richer appreciation of the film's meaning. The book explores a number of feature films that lend themselves particularly well to this process. Both in his introduction and throughout the text, the author comments on the method and discusses continuities, similarities and differences among the films. The book is structured according to the central themes of the films, including time and death, love and lust, secrets, and human identity. Some of the films are relevant to more than one of these thematic elements. The introductory essay explores the themes, their representation in the films, and the ways in which they may be elucidated by a psychoanalytically informed critique. Brief paragraphs between the sections of the book facilitate the transitions. In an appendix, there are three essays titled 'Mise-en-scene,' 'Whatever Flames Upon the Night,' and 'Mad Doctors.'

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface , Foreword , Introduction: The films, the method, the themes , Secrets , Time and death , Love and lust , Human identity , Conclusion: critical flicker fusion , Introduction , Mise-en-scène: session, film, dream , Whatever flames upon the night , Mad doctors

About the Author

William Fried

About the Series

CIPS (Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies) Boundaries of Psychoanalysis

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health