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CAS 4430 : The Dream Screen - Cinematic Fantasy from The Wizard of Oz to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Corcoran Arts and Humanities (CAS)
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (CCAD)
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The Dream Screen - Cinematic Fantasy from The Wizard of Oz to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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The Dream Screen - Cinematic F
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From the earliest era of cinema, the ability of the medium to replicate the hallucinatory experience of dreaming has been exploited in some genres, but the prevailing mode has been realism. Now the paradigm is shifting: motion pictures that explore the interior space of the mind and portray imaginary worlds are popular successes and win critical esteem. This course investigates the artist's ability to invoke worlds that have never existed in waking reality through the use of photographic illusion and explores outstanding cinematic representations of the dream. The larger purpose of the course is to investigate the foundation of psychoanalytic criticism in the analogy of dream and art. To deepen the student's experience, the course also offers training in keeping a dream journal and exploring your own nightly theater of dreams. Readings in Freud, Jung, Rank, Klein, Kristeva, and film theory; films screened include Surrealist classics Un chien andalou and Dreams That Money Can Buy; the experimental films of Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, and Phil Solomon; Hitchcock's Spellbound; Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries; Richard Linklater's Waking Life.
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