The Imaginary Signifier: Psychoanalysis and the Cinema
"... less about film than about the psychology of the viewing experience." --American Film
Employing Freudian psychoanalysis, Christian Metz explores the nature of cinematic spectatorship and looks at the operations of meaning in the film text.
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Tedious writing style. Lost in (self-justifying) minutiae. Vortex of digressions. Substantiating (filmic) correlations, lacking. These were among the impressions this navel-gazing book made on me while reading closely several of its sections. If you're looking to get bogged down by a bevy of psycho-semiologic expositions too frequently unhinged to the subject of cinema, this is your book.
The Investigators Imaginary
The Passion for Perceiving
STORYDISCOURSE A NOTE
Notes and References to Part II
Perception and Hallucination
Degrees of Secondarisation
a Dissymmetrical Symmetry
Figure and Substitution
Force and Meaning
From the Dreamwork to the Primary Process
Barrier or Deviation?
Film and Phantasy
The Filmic Visit
Smallscale Figures Largescale Figures
Condensations and Displacements of the Signifier