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Not melancholic enough: Triumph of the feminine in Melancholia

Todd McGowan

Todd McGowan is Associate Professor of Film at the University of Vermont, US. He is the author of The Fictional Christopher Nolan (2012), Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema (2011), The Impossible David Lynch (2007), The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (2007), and other books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lars von Trier’s Women

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Lars von Trier's Melancholia is an atypical disaster film because it depicts a disaster that leaves no possibility of survival. The film embraces the destruction that the disaster brings and aestheticizes this destruction as the only...

Conclusion: Psychoanalytic film theory today

Todd McGowan

Todd McGowan is Associate Professor of Film at the University of Vermont, US. He is the author of The Fictional Christopher Nolan (2012), Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema (2011), The Impossible David Lynch (2007), The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (2007), and other books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...We watch films because in some way they arouse our desire. Trailers exist in order to entice us to spend our time with a film that promises to speak to us on the level of desire. The masterpieces of the cinema are the works that stimulate...

Lynch on the Run: The Proximity of Trauma in the Short Film

Todd McGowan

Todd McGowan is Associate Professor of Film at the University of Vermont, US. He is the author of The Fictional Christopher Nolan (2012), Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema (2011), The Impossible David Lynch (2007), The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (2007), and other books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Compact Cinematics : The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... draws the contrast between filmic worlds in order to show that the escape always leads back to the trauma that the subject flees, and actually extends the trauma further.For a detailed elaboration of this idea, see McGowan (2007)....

Introduction

Todd McGowan

Todd McGowan is Associate Professor of Film at the University of Vermont, US. He is the author of The Fictional Christopher Nolan (2012), Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema (2011), The Impossible David Lynch (2007), The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (2007), and other books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The intrinsic conjunction It is surprising that psychoanalysis took as long as it did to gain a foothold in film theory. The connection between psychoanalytic thought and the cinema is readily apparent. It is not purely coincidental...

Psychoanalysis and The Rules of the Game

Todd McGowan

Todd McGowan is Associate Professor of Film at the University of Vermont, US. He is the author of The Fictional Christopher Nolan (2012), Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema (2011), The Impossible David Lynch (2007), The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (2007), and other books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Speaking to the unconscious Jean Renoir’s La Regle du jeu (The Rules of the Game, 1939) marks the conclusion of the most creative period in his filmmaking career. It serves as an exclamation point that gives this moment in his career its...

Psychoanalytic film theory

Todd McGowan

Todd McGowan is Associate Professor of Film at the University of Vermont, US. He is the author of The Fictional Christopher Nolan (2012), Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema (2011), The Impossible David Lynch (2007), The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (2007), and other books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... recent psychoanalytic film theory uncovers.For a more complete elaboration of this argument, see Todd McGowan, The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (Albany: SUNY Press, 2007). But most of the time, popular cinema works to hide the gaze...