Master of cinema Stanley Kubrick relentlessly provoked and inspired audiences; much to the initial bafflement of critics, virtually every one of his projects went on to gain international cult status. In this talk by Freudian cinephile and lecturer Mary Wild, uncover what psychoanalysis can tell us about why this might be.
The talented director explored a wide range of genres with an iconic cinematography, dark humour and evocative use of music. Having begun his career as a photographer, Kubrick's instinctive expertise in constructing the perfect image made him a cinephile favourite; noted for an extreme attention to detail, he assumed total control over most aspects of the filmmaking process. He believed that the unconscious emotional response of viewers was far more powerful in the film medium than in any other artistic agency.
Kubrick was fundamentally interested in investigating psychological conflict and contradictions of human morality. This lecture will focus on the last three films in his repertoire: The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut. Psychoanalytic concepts including the death drive, Superego, collective unconscious, primal scene and feminine jouissance together provide unique inroads to understanding Kubrickian breakthroughs in the genres of horror, the war film, and the erotic thriller.
Mary Wild is the creator of the PROJECTIONS lecture series at Freud Museum London, applying psychoanalysis to film interpretation. Her interests include cinematic representations of mental illness, doppelgängers and the unconscious in the genres of horror, science fiction and documentary. Mary also co-hosts the PROJECTIONS Podcast available on iTunes and Spotify.
This event is part of our Friday Nights Live Autumn 2019 Season. On the same night, there is another Watermans With Words talk by historian and activist Tony Warner on the real black history behind the film Black Panther. You get 25% discount if you book both talks together, making the total £15 for both talks. Click here to see the event.