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The Shadow Self in Film

Projecting the Unconscious Other

Gershon Reiter (author)

ISBN: 9780786476640

Publication Date: Feb 2014

Format: Paperback

Examines 13 movies that deal with the protagonist and his projected "other". The cinematic "other" is interpreted as an unconscious personality, a denied part of the protagonist that appears in his life as a shadowy menace who won't go away. Devoting a chapter to each movie, the book aims to show how movies envision the unconscious "other" we all too often project on other people.
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This book examines 13 movies that deal with the protagonist and his projected "other". The cinematic Other is interpreted as an unconscious personality, a denied part of the protagonist that appears in his life as a shadowy menace who won't go away. Devoting a chapter to each movie, the book starts with Mamoulian's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and three cinematic pairs: two Hitchcock films, Shadow of a Doubt and Strangers on a Train; two versions of Cape Fear, J. Lee Thompson's 1962 original and Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake; and a pair of Clint Eastwood films, In the Line of Fire and Blood Work. The book then examines Something Wild, Sea of Love, Fight Club, Desperately Seeking Susan, Apocalypse Now and The Lives of Others. The book overall aims to show how movies envision the unconscious Other we all too often project on other people.
Illustrations notes, bibliography, index
Pages 224
Date Published 28 Feb 2014
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Film: styles & genres   The self, ego, identity, personality  
Former film and music teacher Gershon Reiter lives in Israel.

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