Screen Memories: Hollywood Cinema on the Psychoanalytic Couch

Screen Memories: Hollywood Cinema on the Psychoanalytic Couch

By: Harvey Roy Greenberg (author)Paperback

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Screen Memories delves into the psychological features of mainstream movies from Casablanca to Working Girl. While most psychoanalytic film criticism is highly theoretical, Dr. Greenberg, a practicing clinician, writes in an entertaining, informative style that will appeal to fans and scholars alike. Greenberg begins with an overview of the history and methods of psychoanalytic film criticism. He then focuses upon character, motivation, and conflict in famous examples of detective, war, science-fiction, horror, and cult cinema. He also addresses the enduring emotional appeal of these genres to spectators from one generation to the next. Greenberg then fuses psychoanalysis and cultural criticism. He probes a type of big, bad picture which emerged in Hollywood in the 1970s and 1980s, embracing nearly every genre, with a particular focus on the hero's pathological narcissism in such films as Rambo and Top Gun.

About Author

Harvey Roy Greenberg, M.D. is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice. He is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he teaches adolescent psychiatry and medical humanities.


1 Real Signification's: An anatomy of Psychoanalytic Film Criticism 2 Cult Cinema: Casablanca - If it's So Schmaltzy, Why am I weeping? 3 The Detective Film: The Maltese Falcon-Even Paranoids Have Enemies 4 War Movies: Dangerous Recuperations - Red Dawn, Rambo, and the new Decaturism 5 Psycho: The apes at the windows 6 Reimagining the Gargoyle: Psychoanalytic Notes on Alien and the Contemporary "Cruel" Horror Film 7 Fiction into Film - Problems of adaption: Improper "Bostonians" 8 On the Mcmovie: Less is Less at the Simplex 9 Raiders of the lost text: Remaking as Contested Homage in "Always" 10 Working Girl: Leveraged Sell-out 11 Enemies: A Love Story.

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  • ISBN13: 9780231072878
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 277
  • ID: 9780231072878
  • ISBN10: 0231072872

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