The Dream Machine

Anna Powell

in Deleuze, Altered States and Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632824
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651139 | DOI:
The Dream Machine

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This chapter considers dreams as the most familiar cinematic altered state and criticises psychoanalytical dream-work through Deleuze-Guattarian schizoanalysis. It explains why Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari refuted psychoanalytic dream-work as a critical technique and why Deleuze prefers a Bergsonian approach to film dreams. The chapter provides a critical analysis of several relevant films including Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 Spellbound, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1951 The Tales of Hoffmann and David Lynch's 2001 Mulholland Drive.

Keywords: dreams; cinematic altered state; psychoanalytical dream-work; Deleuze-Guattarian schizoanalysis; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; Bergsonian approach; Spellbound; Tales of Hoffmann; Mulholland Drive

Chapter.  14922 words. 

Subjects: Film

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