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The Mind Screen

Identification Desire and Its Cinematic Arena

Georg Schmid

For well over a century cinema has exerted enormous influence, yet many questions regarding its fascination remain unanswered. Films work so well because the viewers tend to unconsciously identify with the actors/actresses. The desire to become another, substituting identity by identification, can be traced to the illusion that the filmic heroes/heroines are immortal – identifying with them raises the possibility of gaining «deathlessness.» Viewers can, without real life risks, experiment with the existential drafts presented; the power of imagination is mobilized. Based on a multidisciplinary approach (semiotics, psychoanalysis, cultural anthropology, plus a healthy dose of film history), this book presents prolegomena of a philosophy of cinema.

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1914 89, 131, 133, 183, 187, 241, 252, 272, 278, 308 9/11 160 A A ciascuno il suo 121, 124, 298 About Schmidt 106, 296 Absolute Power 155, 156, 206, 270, 301 Accident 169, 282, 313 acculturation 43, 182, 216, 280 Accused, The 274, 311 acteurs, Les 267, 310 Ådalen 31 102 Adieu poulet 119 Adjani, Isabelle 216, 306 Advice and Consent 146, 205 aesthetics 68, 208 affinity 29, 32, 36, 43, 228, 237 aggression aggressive 37, 97, 271 aile ou la cuisse, L’ 103, 296 Aimée, Anouk 74, 75, 76, 294 Air Force One 155, 189, 301 Air France flight 358 170 Air France flight 447 170, 172, 173, 303 Airframe 286 Airport 1975 168, 303 Airport 79 168 Alien 55, 283, 292 Allen, Joan 23, 114, 128, 201, 223, 289, 299 Allen, Woody 23, 114, 201, 223 Allonsanfàn 187, 304 Almendros, Nestor 209, 262 Along Came a Spider 34, 290 alternate history 154, 286, 299, cf. What if alternate life 138 Amants, Les 256 Amelio, Gianni 282, 313 American President, The 155 amór del capitán Brando, El 191, 304 analytical theory 253 Anatomy of a Murder 274, 275, 311 Andersson, Bibi 168, 294, 303 Andromeda Strain, The 161, 302 Anglo-Saxon 57, 178, 186, 228, 249, 259, 275 angst 97, 257 Animal House 282, 312 anthropological 22 Antonutti, Omero 191, 304 Antwerp 75 Anzieu, Didier 247, 308 apparatus 10, 41, 84, 85, 87, 88, 94, 107, 111, 156, 216, 232, 265 apparatus theory 85 appearance...

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