Cinema & Hypnotism

The research investigates the relationships between cinema and hypnotism; on the one hand, it considers hypnosis a key feature of the film experience, as it emerged from the Teens to the Eighties of the XX Century; on the other one, it reads hypnotism as an archaeological feature of contemporary expericences provided by immersive / absorbing media.

The field of Research is divided into two parts. The first one traces the genesis of the “modern” dispositive of hypnosis, on which is based the metaphorical shift towards the cinematic experience. The second part analyzes the cinematic depictions of hypnosis in film history, with the intention of tracing a hidden story of the meta representation of cinema dispositive within movies.

On this topic, see especially the volume La relazione d’incanto, summarized in the article  The Phantom of the relationship, the Poverty of Cinema and the Excesses of Hypnosis, and the article (in French) Hypnose et cinéma

My Youtube channel collects many movie sequences I analyze in the cited papers.

Hypnose et cinéma

Présentation général du sujet, à paraitre en version réduite dans le « Vocabulaire de l’identification dans les arts du spectacle » du Projet Idem (Identification, empathie, projection dans les arts du spectacle), dir. Mildred Galland Szymkowiak en 2019

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L’écran hypnotique. Nouvelles économies de la lumière dans le cinéma des années 1910

Article à paraitre dans Mauro Carbone, Jacopo Bodini, Anna Caterina Dalmasso (dirs.), Des pouvoirs des écrans, 2019.

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The imaginary screen. Gestures and dispositives in film representations of hypnosis (1915-1922).

Paper invited at the workshop The Resurfacing of the Screen, Yale University, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, 3-4 April 2015, to be published in Craig Buckley, Rudiger Campe, Francesco Casetti, The Excessive Screen. Optical Media, Environmental Genealogies, Amsterdam, Amsterdam U.P., 2019

Tags: hypnosis; film theory; dispositive; apparatus;

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Lost memories. Regressions of Time and Style in Filmic Representations of Hypnotic Apparatus

Paper presented at the 2012 NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) Conference Time Networks: Screen Media and Memories, Lisbon, June 21- 23

Tags: hypnosis; film theory; dispositive; apparatus;

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Cinema & Hypnotism: “The Phantom of the Relationship, the Poverty of Cinema and the Excesses of Hypnosis

in Leonardo Quaresima (ed.), Dead Ends/Impasses, Cinema & Cie, International Film Studies Journal, n. 2, spring 2003, pp. 47-53

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