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Deleuze, Altered States and Film$
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Anna Powell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632824

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632824.001.0001

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The Dream Machine

The Dream Machine

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(p.16) Chapter 1 The Dream Machine
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Deleuze, Altered States and Film
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Anna Powell

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632824.003.0002

This chapter considers dreams as the most familiar cinematic altered state and criticises psychoanalytical dream-work through Deleuze-Guattarian schizoanalysis. It explains why Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari refuted psychoanalytic dream-work as a critical technique and why Deleuze prefers a Bergsonian approach to film dreams. The chapter provides a critical analysis of several relevant films including Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 Spellbound, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1951 The Tales of Hoffmann and David Lynch's 2001 Mulholland Drive.

Keywords:   dreams, cinematic altered state, psychoanalytical dream-work, Deleuze-Guattarian schizoanalysis, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Bergsonian approach, Spellbound, Tales of Hoffmann, Mulholland Drive

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