Film, Television and the Psychology of the Social Dream

Authors: Rieber, Robert W., Kelly, Robert J.

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  • ​​Concise review of key ideas on the social meaning of cinema
  • Unique historical narrative traces analyses of film content
  • Exploration of major mythic themes such as the lone hero, apocalyptic visions, redemption, chaos, war
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​This book demonstrates how social distress or anxiety is reflected, modified, and evolves through the medium of the motion picture.  Tracing cinema from its earliest forms, the authors show how film is a perfect medium for generating and projecting dreams, fantasies, and nightmares, on the individual as well as the societal level. Arising at the same time as Freud’s influential ideas, cinema has been intertwined with the wishes and fears of the greater culture and has served as a means of experiencing those feelings in a communal and taming environment. From Munsterberg’s original pronouncements in the early 20th century about the psychology of cinema, through the pioneering films of Melies, the works of the German expressionists, to James Bond and today’s superheroes this book weaves a narrative highlighting the importance of the social dream. It develops the idea that no art form goes beyond the ordinary process of consciousness in the same way as film, reflecting, as it does, the cognitive, emotional, and volitional aspects of human nature.​

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"...any treatise on film or television themes is necessarily psychological. This is true of the book Film, Television and the Psychology of the Social Dream by Robert W. Rieber and Robert J. Kelly, and its title appears to emphasize the social psychology of film and television as shared experiences."
Lauren S. Seifert
PsycCRITIQUES
September 8, 2014, Vol. 59, No. 36, Article 6


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Film, Television and the Psychology of the Social Dream
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7175-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7175-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7174-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4770-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 181
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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