PROJECTIONS: Surrealist Cinema

Intensive Day Course

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17 November, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

£48 - £65

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Surrealist artists are interested in the capacity of film to nullify reality’s boundaries.

As the critic René Gardies observed in 1968, film is “a privileged instrument de-realising the world, providing alchemical tools for transforming reality.”

In this course, we will explore the overlap between the psychoanalytic method and surrealist cinema – two disciplines that insist on the supremacy of the unconscious, working through absurd dream logic, calling out the banality and hypocrisy of so-called civilised society.

Studying works by filmmakers including Luis Buñuel, Věra Chytilová, David Lynch, Guy Maddin, Jan Švankmajer and Maya Deren, the proposition is that surrealism is a revolutionary anti-art much like the psychoanalytic process, unlocking the mind’s creative potential by overcoming repression.

10am – open

10.30am – first session

12.30pm – lunch

1.15pm – second session

3.15pm – tea break

3.30 – third session

5.30pm – finish

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.

Part of an exciting series of talks and events which coincide with ‘Freud, Dali and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ on display at the museum from 3 October 2018 – 24 February 2019.


17 November, 2018
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
£48 - £65
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Freud Museum London
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