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PROJECTIONS: Psychoanalysis of Stanley Kubrick films - Intensive Day Course
Sat 3 June 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 BST
Master of cinema Stanley Kubrick relentlessly provoked and inspired audiences; much to the initial bafflement of critics, virtually every one of his projects went on to gain international cult status. The talented director explored a wide range of genres with an iconic cinematography, dark humour and evocative use of music. Having begun his career as a photographer, Kubrick’s instinctive expertise in constructing the perfect image made him a cinephile favourite; noted for his extreme attention to detail, he assumed total control over most aspects of the filmmaking process. He believed that the unconscious emotional response of viewers was far more powerful in the film medium than in any other artistic agency. Kubrick was fundamentally interested in investigating psychological conflict and contradictions of human morality.
This day course focuses on the last three films in his repertoire: The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut. Psychoanalytic concepts including the death drive, Superego, collective unconscious, primal scene and feminine jouissance together provide unique inroads to understanding Kubrickian breakthroughs in the genres of horror, the war film, and the erotic thriller.
Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown on the day
The Shining (1980): A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where dark forces influence the father into violence
Full Metal Jacket (1987): A US Marine observes the dehumanising9.30 effects of the Vietnam War on his fellow recruits
Eyes Wide Shut (1999): A New York City doctor embarks on a sexual odyssey following a shocking revelation by his wife.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the first session:
9.30am -10am - first session
12pm - lunch break
12.45pm - second session
2.45pm - tea break
3pm - third session
5pm - finish
Tea and coffee will be provided during both breaks.
Please note: there is no cafe on site, however, you are welcome to bring your own lunch, which can be consumed in the classroom or the Museum garden if the weather is fine.
PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary - the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.