In Film Theory I collect my academic texts for all my fellow film scholars & students, please feel very welcome to read, discuss, cite & link. For more info, or to connect, please visit the sites below.
Art psychotherapy, psychology of cinema, psychology and alchemy, alchemical symbolism in art, women in the arts, female gaze, feminist film theory, transpersonal and archetypal psychology, cinema as therapy (spectatorship, filmmaking), visual anthropology, cinéma vérité, experimental cinema, film noir, documentary film, transrealism, psychogeography, storytelling in art therapy, psychology of exceptional human experiences, consciousness & culture.
Author: Milana Vujkov, writer, artist, psychologist and film historian. Independent scholar, researching psychology of film and spectatorship, psychology of art and creativity, the female gaze in cinema, alchemical storytelling and art. Two decades of experience in the arts, media and entertainment industry – reporting, curating, event management, film marketing. BA in Psychology, MA in History of Film and Visual Media. Tomatometer-Approved Critic. Currently shooting a documentary on female ancestry.
Papers & Essays
There is something in the nature of a recording that defies rational explanation. It is a replica of life, its twin and its double, and yet, it is also its deathly echo, preserving life by embalming it for eternity, or at least until the shelf life of the medium itself expires. Some images have the numinosity to affect us deeply, a capacity to both heal and destroy. They represent evidence of an alternate existence, glimpses of a double life, our twin in the archetypal world, skin in the game of immortality. Lynch evokes this quality perfectly in his work. [read more]
A post-Jungian reading, encountering feminine mysteries on celluloid, analysis of the veneration of the Hollywood film icon, tracing the blazing trail of cinema femme fatales, their imagery framed within portals, places where darkness and light meet, the heroines gazing back at us, in defiance, as permanent challenge to imposed authority, transforming, dynamically, into a new animus/anima fluid form of the femme fatale as action figure. [read more]
Exploring the myth of the fallen woman in classic Hollywood melodrama, via Jungian framework, tracing her historical, religious and literary antecedents, delving into the archetypal realms of the dark, wild feminine projected onto the screen, and her impact on the spectator, male and female. What these femme fatales, gold-diggers, seductresses, fallen angels, and furious housewives subversively revealed was a hidden narrative current underneath the official one, women’s own dispossessed femininity, debased, fragmented and demonised, yet so powerfully vibrant and creative. [read more]
PhD Proposal & MA Dissertation
Film, the Alchemical Medium: Archetypal Enchantment and the Transformative Potential of the Moving Image
Behold my cursed ancient academic proposal I aimed at studying how we are enchanted by film, using early film theory, post-Jungian analysis & anthropology of ritual, examining ways the moving image could potentially be employed as transformative tool in art therapy. One day I might write about the text’s strange travels, good stuff I got out of it, publish a book, or reboot my bid for title of film doctor. For now, please feast on its faded glory, and feel free to cite & link. Yours might be the kiss that revives it. [read more]
Black Humour in Serbian Films of the Early Eighties and Its Cultural Consequences: The Cinema of Slobodan Šijan and Dušan Kovačević
Examining the dark heart of laughter and the symbiotic relationship film has with its audiences, how it wires us to think and talk in certain ways, its cultural impact, and its myriad semiotic and cinematic legacies – this was my MA dissertation (Birkbeck, 2005), a bungy jump into the Serbian (and YU) 1980s cinema scene, specifically, four films, and two filmmakers. One day I might programme this whole bonanza into a fest, the way I writ it – from YU Black Wave to Balkan ‘Black Humour Brand’, and screen the selection in cinemas (Belgrade to London). For now, please enjoy the words, deliciously.
Other people on my film work:
- Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia by Janjira Sombatpoonsiri.
- BBC Serbian on No Exit: Essential Serbian Cinema, 1995-2000 at the ICA.