The Freud Museum

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12 June 2013

PROJECTIONS 5: Psychoanalytic interpretation of Von Trier's Dogville and Manderlay

European cinema series

90-minute lecture followed by 30-minute group discussion

Cinema’s enfant terrible Lars Von Trier explores the American way of life in Dogville (2003) and Manderlay (2005): films shot on minimal sets contrasting with intense subject matters. We follow Grace Mulligan, played first by Nicole Kidman and then by Bryce Dallas Howard, in these compelling studies of sociology, ethics and human brutality. In her Projections lecture, Mary Wild offers a Freudian psychoanalytic interpretation of the struggle between unconscious desires and authoritarian figures in the Danish filmmaker’s ‘Land of Opportunities’ series.

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. Please watch Lars Von Trier’s ‘Dogville’ and ‘Manderlay’ before attending the lecture as there may be spoilers! MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.

This is the third in a series of three monthly PROJECTIONS lectures at The Freud Museum in 2013.

PROJECTIONS 3: Psychoanalytic interpretation of Polanski's Apartment Trilogy

PROJECTIONS 4: Psychoanalytic interpretation of Pasolini's Theorem

PROJECTIONS 5: Psychoanalytic interpretation of Von Trier’s Dogville and Manderlay


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