Adam Plummer presents ‘Psychoanalysis and popular British cinema: The British trauma film’


This paper focuses on how popular British cinema in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War comes to be influenced and transformed by the psychoanalytic discourses that circulate at this time.

Using the example of the Ealing Studios production Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer, 1945), I consider how certain elements of British cinema come to display distinctive forms of representation and narration. I look particularly at how this film seems preoccupied with the distressed internal object worlds of its characters, with the blurring of lines between objectivity and subjectivity and between reality and fantasy, and with the precariousness of human existence.

Thursday 29 September, 5:15 pm. ArtsOne, Hitchcock Theatre (G19).

Refreshments to follow.


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