Film Theory

In Film Theory I collect my academic texts for all my fellow film scholars & students, please feel very welcome to research, discuss, cite & link.

Academic Interests
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.

Essays

Fallen Women of Hollywood Melodrama: 1930s-1950s. Essay. Melodrama in Hollywood and World Cinema Course. Convener, Prof. Laura Mulvey, School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media (MA), Birkbeck College, University of London, January 2005. Revised & edited September 2020.

Film, the Alchemical Medium: Archetypal Enchantment and the Transformative Potential of the Moving Image. PhD proposal, Goldsmiths, London, June 2009.

From Door Frame to Freeze Frame: Femmes Ante Portas. Presentation. CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA, 2008. Framed: Delimiting the Film Image, A Cinema Studies Group interdisciplinary graduate conference.

Archetypal Enchantment and the Twin of David Lynch. Presentation. CUNY Graduate Centre, New York, March 2010. Cinematic Desire: A Cinema Studies Group interdisciplinary graduate conference. Revised & edited, August 2020.

MA Dissertation

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 – a bungy jump into the Serbian (and YU) 1980s cinema scene, specifically, four films, and two filmmakers.

MA Dissertation. School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck College, University of London, October 2005. Tutor: Prof. Laura Mulvey.

If you’d like to check out some more of my older work, I’ve uploaded it on Scribd:

The Magic of Joy: Cinema of Emir Kusturica, From Realism to Magical Reality Essay, 2004, European Cinema, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Other people on my film work:

Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia by Janjira Sombatpoonsiri.

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