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Chair: Heather Nunn
Speakers: Karen Cross & Lesley Caldwell
Cinema has long been fascinated with the figure of the child as an emblem of human nature. Like psychoanalysis, film opens up enchanting, sometimes haunting, spaces for self-exploration, and childhood is a common trope of cinematic narrative. Focusing on examples from the popular Toy Story cycle of films and from Italian neo-realism, this salon invites reflection on the multifarious ways that cinema screens childhood. Dr Karen Cross will discuss the importance of play and the inner world of the child in Toy Story, exploring the dynamics of fear, guilt and loss on show. Prof Lesley Caldwell will show how Bicycle Thieves and The Stolen Children reveal the power of cultural representations of children in shaping webs of meaning for adults who seek both to know and not know themselves. The cinema as a profoundly psychological space of experience will also be revealed through selected clips from films that explore the theme of childhood to prompt audience discussion.
Please find below an open access list of selected papers about psychoanalysis and film.