Cinema, Theatre and Psychoanalysis: the Problem of Parapraxis and its Representation.

Authors

  • Marion Poirson-Dechonne Maître de conférences HDR émérite, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier

Abstract

At the intersection of the performing arts and psychoanalysis emerges the notion of act. This polysemic term has various meanings: missed act, agieren, psychoanalytic act, acting out, act of creation. If Freud and Lacan have theorized the notion of act, cinema and theater strive to represent its many facets. Today, Freud’s method of analyzing dream images has paved the way for figural analysis for the 7th art, focusing on exploring the incomplete dimension of some of his images. From La marquise d’O to the Mystères de Lisbonne, the altered quotation from the same painting, The nightmare of Füssli, which reveals the emergence of desire, comes to symbolize the representation of the Other Scene by cinema. Généalogies d’un crime, by Raoul Ruiz, shows how the interpretation and manipulation of missed acts leads, ironically, to the Act. The influence of the psychodrama exerted there is found in other films, where the scene becomes the place where the abreaction becomes visible. Repetition of a formula in the obscure and forgotten sense (8 and ½), a crisis orchestrated by Sade as a playmaker (Marat-Sade), or a collective explosion (La vie est un roman) show the complex and multiple faces of the Act in cinema.

Author Biography

Marion Poirson-Dechonne, Maître de conférences HDR émérite, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier

Marion Poirson-Dechonne, specialist of Modern Literature, holds a PhD in Arts and Art Sciences. She is an emeritus teacher HDR in Film Studies at Montpellier University 3. She is the author of a thesis defended in Paris 1 Sorbonne, Theater in cinéma, of about seventy articles, and two books: Is cinema iconoclastic? (Corlet Cerf, 2011) and Between spirituality and laïcity, the Iconoclastic Temptation of Cinema (L’Harmattan, 2016). She directed for CinémAction journal: Family Portraits, Russian Cinema from Perestroïka to the present Day, The Poetic Screen, Video Games and Cinema, an interactive Creationand, with Catherine Soulier, the proceedings of the Cinema and Poetry symposium (2013). Actually, she has just finished a book about Ladislas Starewitch and Slavic cultures. She is a member of RIRRA 21, Trama y Fondo, and of Institute Jean Vigo.

Published

2021-06-10

How to Cite

Poirson-Dechonne, M. (2021). Cinema, Theatre and Psychoanalysis: the Problem of Parapraxis and its Representation. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai - Dramatica, 66(1), 29–48. Retrieved from http://dramatica.ro/index.php/j/article/view/100