Quest Narratives: The Cinematic Experience, Filmic Space, and Transitional Phenomena

Annette Kuhn


By taking a close look at two superficially different films (The Searchers (1956) and Where Is My Friend's House ? (1987) )this essay outlines a fresh approach to psychoanalysis and film theory by exploring some ideas and approaches from object relations psychoanalysis that offer potential for deepening our understanding of the ‘subjective-objective’ world of cinematic experience. It  reframes some key analytical and theoretical  issues and challenges for film studies, and hopefully yields new insights into interpreting films and understanding the cinematic experience


space, psychoanalysis, emotion, memory

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