The Psychic Violence of Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski’s Apartment Trilogy: Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby and The Tenant: Part of Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult
- Sunday, January 23, 2022
- 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
Time: 2pm EST
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The Psychic Violence of Alfred Hitchcock: Cutting in Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds
30-minute presentation by Dr. Todd McGowan
This talk will look at Hitchcock’s three late masterpieces—Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds—in terms of how they implicate the spectator in the violence that they depict. Through an inventive use of editing, Hitchcock places the spectator in the position of the figure of violence and forces spectators to reckon with their own psychic investment in this violence.
Todd McGowan teaches theory and film at the University of Vermont. He is the author of many books, including The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (2007), The Impossible David Lynch (2007), The Fictional Christopher Nolan (2013), Enjoying What We Don’t Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis (2013), Contemporary Film Directors: Spike Lee (2014), Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets (2016) and Universality and Identity Politics (2020).
Roman Polanski’s Apartment Trilogy: Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby and The Tenant
30-minute presentation by Mary Wild
In Repulsion (1965), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), and The Tenant (1976), Roman Polanski portrays fragmented psyches in claustrophobic spaces. What we encounter is an iconic triptych of psychological horror, with fear objects shifting from sexual intercourse, to pregnancy, and the blurring of gender identities.
This talk will focus on psychoanalytically interpreting Polanski’s genre-defining ‘apartment trilogy’, unpacking the uncanny dimension of the home, and showing its influence on Darren Aronofsky’s modern classic Black Swan (2010).
Mary Wild is the creator of the PROJECTIONS lecture series at Freud Museum London, applying psychoanalysis to film interpretation. Mary also co-hosts the Projections Podcast, and contributes to The Evolution of Horror Podcast.
The Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, is dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways.