Cinema and hypnotism: an archaeological approach to media experience

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 experiences provided by immersive / absorbing media.

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


Imaginary Screens: The Hypnotic Gesture and Early Film

in Craig Buckley, Rüdiger Campe, Francesco Casetti (eds.), Screen Genealogies. From Optical Device to Environmental Medium, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2019, pp. 269-291.  DOI: 10.5117/9789463729000_CH10.


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


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

Article paru dans Mauro Carbone, Jacopo Bodini, Anna Caterina Dalmasso (dirs.), Des pouvoirs des écrans, 2019. An english (yet for many aspects  different and complementary) version in Craig Buckley, Rüdiger Campe, Francesco Casetti (eds.), Screen Genealogies. From Optical Device to Environmental Medium, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2019, pp. 269-291.


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


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