Dreams on Film: The Cinematic Struggle Between Art and Science

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McFarland, 28.06.2010 - 209 Seiten
Films with dream sequences, or a dreamlike quality, allow directors to create their own rules of logic and nature to meet a variety of artistic needs. For instance, an opening dream immediately establishes what a character is feeling; a later dream--or series of them--provides viewers with a glimpse of the climax, and a concluding dream ties up loose ends. (In real life, of course, dreams do not occur at such convenient times or serve such useful purposes.) This book explores why science is lost or distorted in the process of representing dreams on film and why audiences prefer this figurative truth of art over the literal truth of science. Part One discusses changes in form and considers the history of dream theory. Additionally, the physiology of sleeping and dreaming, dream structure, sleep deprivation, dreams under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and waking up, as depicted on film, are examined. Part Two investigates changes in content, and delves into the psychology of sleeping and dreaming, dream interpretation, altered states of consciousness, visions and prophecies, dreams as wish fulfillment, sex and death, nightmares, and reality versus illusion. The author uses theories by Freud, Jung, and current experts in her analyses of dream sequences and their use in film.
 

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History of Dream Theory
13
Physiology of Sleeping and Dreaming
21
Dream Structure
29
Sleep Deprivation
37
Dreams Under the Influence
46
Waking Up
54
Creative Differences Changes in Content
65
Psychology of Sleeping and Dreaming
67
Dream Themes Sex and Death
114
Nightmares
126
Dream Elements
138
Dream Symbols
147
Reality vs Illusion
161
Conclusion
178
Filmography
181
Notes
189

Dream Interpretation
73
Altered States of Consciousness
82
Visions and Prophesies
92
Dreams as Wish Fulfillment
103

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Seite 1 - HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

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Writer Leslie Halpern has worked as a columnist for Markee Magazine, film correspondent for The Orlando Sentinel film reviewer for So London Magazine, and stringer for The Hollywood Reporter. She lives in Oviedo, Florida.

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