“Citizenship in a Nightmare Country:” German Expressionist Film  and Freud’s Dream Theory

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An honoros project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for honors in The Department of Film Studies.

Abstract

German Expressionist cinema is a movement that began in 1919. Expressionist film is marked by distinct visual features and performance styles that rebel against prior realist art movements. More than 20 years prior to the Expressionist movement, Sigmund Frued published "The Interpretation of Dreams" in 1899, a ground breaking study that links dreams to unconcious impulses. This thesis argues that the unexplained dream - like imagery found in two Expressionist films, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) and Dr. Mabus, the Gambler (Fritz Lang, 1922) - can be seen in terms of Freud's model of dreaming.

Publication Date

2013

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Digital Initiatives Press: Rhode Island College

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Keywords

Expressionist Film, German Expressionism, Sigmund Freud, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Dr. Mabus the Gambler, Fritz Lang, Robert Wiene, secrets of a soul, dreamwork, G.W. Pabst

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Film and Media Studies

“Citizenship in a Nightmare Country:” German Expressionist Film  and Freud’s Dream Theory

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