N.28 - Psychoanalysis and Cinema: “Through a glass”

Psychoanalytical considerations on Ingmar Bergman’s “Cries and Whispers”

Abstract

The Author rereads Ingmar Bergman’s film “Cries and Whispers” not only as a representation of the process of emotions and thoughts revolving around dying, but also as a potentially transformational experience for the audience’s self that generates a profound change in how they interpret death. Psychoanalytical considerations on the film, juxtaposed with Heidegger’s concept of “being-toward- death”, comments from film critics, and reference to Ginette Raimbault’s experience of the clinical aspects of chronic and terminal disease in children, are traced back to Freud’s ideas

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