Miguel Ángel Huerta Floriano – The Cinema as Therapy: Psychoanalysis in the Work of Woody Allen

"Post No Bill" by Jef Aérosol
“Post No Bill” by Jef Aérosol

“In general, Allen’s films have an existentialist tinge that emerges through a manipulation of the deepest of human preoccupations as the subjects of humour. The meaning of life, the lack of consistency in moral and/or theological referents, the unforeseen nature and intervention of chance – sometimes randomness – in interpersonal relationships are just some of the pillars upon which his films are seamlessly built. These issues affect all his characters, especially those played by himself, who are all prisoners of their own obsessions and draw forth from us a laughter that in the end inevitably stings, because it is born of suffering. Laughter, as has happened so often in the history of communication, acts as a sort of releasing catharsis, with benefits for both individual and social balance. However, its basis rests on pain, a paradox on which the director bases himself – through exploration of the specific tools of film language – to represent turbulent psychological states.”

Miguel Ángel Huerta Floriano | Journal of Medicine and Movies | Volume 4: Number 1: http://bit.ly/Xuoza7



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