FILM & PSYCHOANALYSIS
"...the audience is often expected to suspend disbelief, and in doing so, we have the potential to suspend notions of Self..."

Do the creative artists of filmmaking — those who capture life in narrative and story on celluloid — have a more astute awareness of the functions of performed fantasy in creating emotions?

Film artists are students of presentation, of illusion, of image and of façade. The filmmaker is an originator of what seems impossible, of both authenticy and inauthenticy, of pretense and affectation, of masquerade and exposure, all these through the promotion of genuineness within their fabrications. Do they, do filmmakers, in fact, possess a greater mastery in presentation of the 'inner world of the Self' on the external canvas than the rest of us?

In viewing films, the audience is often expected to suspend disbelief, and in doing so, we have the potential to suspend notions of Self, for moments of movie. Filmmakers ask the viewer to be curious about what is unknown, about what is to unfold on the screen and in doing so, we, the audience, have the opportunity to wonder about what might be known and unknown within the Self. Films reveal and reverie in multiple levels of relationships — we are confronted by the awareness that anything is possible. The message of narrative within film and as well as within psychoanalysis is — that both disciplines surrender to the emotional stories of visuals and sound, and…that 'anything is possible.'

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