A Psychoanalytical approach to Film: an introduction
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HF245
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online film studies course provides an introduction to film and psychoanalysis, featuring key theoretical concepts to enable a deeper understanding of cinema. Techniques will be taught to observe and deconstruct underlying meaning in a broad range of films. A special focus will be placed on the film medium’s unique capacity to communicate unconscious motives that are often considered taboo by society. Ultimately, it will be argued that psychoanalysis applied to moving image empowers spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful.
Mary Wild is a film lecturer with an academic background in psychoanalytic theory. Her research interests include cinematic representation of identity, the unconscious, mental illness and auteur studies. In addition to teaching at City Lit, she is a regular speaker at Freud Museum London. Mary also co-hosts Projections Podcast (a dialogue on film and psychoanalysis).
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Oedipus Complex in Peter Jackson’s Braindead (1992)
Trauma in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here (2017)
The Uncanny in Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Eros/Thanatos in Gaspar Noé’s Climax (2018)
Dream Analysis in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958)
Obsessional Neurosis in Lars von Trier’s The House that Jack Built (2018).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Understand the relationship between psychoanalysis and cinema
-Learn film interpretation techniques to approach cinema in a deep and investigative way
-Discover the work of film directors that represent Freudian themes and motifs.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all levels; there are no pre-requisites to register. An interest in viewing film is desirable.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Psychoanalytic terms will be taught through a lecture with power point slides and video montage. Group discussion will be encouraged; there will be no assignments outside of class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. Bring material for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The same tutor will be teaching HF246 A psychoanalytic investigation of the Joker.
Look for other film studies courses on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture and writing/film studies.
Mary Wild is a film lecturer with an academic background in psychoanalytic theory. Her research interests include cinematic representation of identity, the unconscious, mental illness and auteur studies (e.g., Andrei Tarkovsky, Lars von Trier, and Fritz Lang). In addition to teaching at City Lit, Mary is a regular speaker at the Freud Museum and Hackney Picturehouse.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.