Almost every Tarkovskian frame is hyper-significant and dense with meaning; so psychoanalysis will serve a vital function, facilitating a multitude of interpretations and searching for possibilities in “dream rooms” through which Tarkovsky moved with great ease. Memories, attachment, alienation, identity, nostalgia, conflict, transcendence and the uncanny are some of the concepts that will foster a deeper understanding of the Russian master’s uniquely captivating vision. Through a combination of group discussion and an appreciation of Tarkovsky’s theoretical perspective, we will attempt to reassess and become aware of our unconscious connection to these notoriously challenging works of art – a practice that is not dissimilar to the psychoanalytic tradition itself.
Full filmography (advance viewing is optional, select scenes will be shown during weekly sessions):
Week 1 – Ivan's Childhood (1962): an orphan boy’s experiences during World War II
Week 2 – Andrei Rublev (1966): the life, times and afflictions of 15th-century Russian icon painter
Week 3 – Solaris (1972): mysterious phenomena taking place aboard a space station orbiting a fictional planet
Week 4 – Mirror (1975): dying man remembers his childhood, mother and recent Russian history
Week 5 – Stalker (1979): guide leads two men through the Zone to find a room that grants wishes
Week 6 – Nostalghia (1983): poet travels through Italy researching the life of 18th-century Russian composer
Week 7 – The Sacrifice (1986): middle-aged intellectual bargains with God to stop impending nuclear holocaust
PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary - the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.
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