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Bion in Film Theory and Analysis: The Retreat in Film introduces the rich potential of the thinking of British psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion for film theory. It proposes to rethink the space of the cinema as a space of retreat, placing Bion’s insight into the importance of the epistemophilic instinct, or the wish to know, at the heart of a critique of the pleasure-centred theories of the cinema of Jean-Louis Baudry, Christian Metz and Gaylyn Studlar. The book also examines representations of retreat in four European films (directed by Ingmar Bergman, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Georges Perec & Bernard Queysanne, and Manoel de Oliveira), bringing out their articulation of the gesture of retreat as an emotionally turbulent stage in the development of the psyche – what Bion calls caesura. Through its investigation of retreat in the spectatorial experience of film and in representations in film, this book challenges common understandings of retreat as a regressive movement, by presenting it as a gesture and space that can also be future-oriented.
Carla Ambrósio Garcia is a filmmaker and academic who completed her doctorate in Film Studies at King’s College London (funded by Fundação Ciência e Tecnologia in Portugal). Her articles on film and psychoanalysis have been published in academic journals and edited collections, and she currently teaches at King’s College and Royal Holloway, University of London.
Garcia will introduce her film Sea Cave Cinema, and talk about how her film practice and film theory come together. The book will be sold at this event at a special discounted price.Sea Cave Cinema