PROJECTIONS: The Uncanny in Cinema [Livestream/recording access]

Online course with Mary Wild on 17, 18, and 19 July, 2-4pm (BST)

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17 July, 2:00 pm - 19 July, 4:00 pm


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Please note: Bookings close 24 hours before the start of the course at which point attendees will be emailed access details.

A recording will be made available to ticket holders for 10 days after the event.

In his paper ‘Das Unheimliche’ (1919), Sigmund Freud discusses a phenomenon that is simultaneously familiar and foreign, resulting in a feeling of discomfort. He qualifies the uncanny as belonging to “all that is terrible”, arousing dread and creeping horror. Situations that produce an eerie sensation (e.g., déjà-vu, animism, sorcery, omnipotence of thought, the Doppelgänger, instantaneous wish fulfilment, dolls) capture the paradox of being attracted to yet disturbed by an object.

In this webinar series, we will explore the uncanny through the medium of film, locating the oddness in the ordinary via the remarkable capacity of moving image to stage ambivalence and uneasiness. Freud said that the uncanny is the only feeling that is more powerfully experienced in art than in life, and so we shall examine cinematic representations of the concept within three essential categories (The Dream, The Home, The Self), all of which give rise to a sense of reassurance whilst also provoking a suppressed primordial fear and unnerving confusion.

Advanced viewing is optional; brief film scenes will be shown during broadcast.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) Luis Buñuel
Jacob’s Ladder (1990) Adrian Lyne
Vertigo (1958) Alfred Hitchcock

Secret Beyond the Door (1947) Fritz Lang
Repulsion (1965) Roman Polanski
Dogtooth (2009) Yorgos Lanthimos

Goodnight Mommy (2014) Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala
Unsane (2018) Steven Soderbergh
Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele

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.


17 July, 2:00 pm
19 July, 4:00 pm
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