Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero's Encounter with the Beast
Rowman & Littlefield, 2. apr. 2015 - 284 sider
Whether embodied in literature, theater, or film, an enduring theme of many artistic works has been the protagonist’s search for identity. Such quests are typically psychological or spiritual journeys and depicted on the screen in a variety of manifestations—endeavors embarked upon to address an emotional trauma or to overcome an obstacle in the hero’s life. Using Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bête as a leitmotif, these pursuits are discussed by author Maria Garcia as encounters with the “Beast.” At the end of their quests, heroes are reborn into their new identities, while the Beast disappears, transforms, or dies.
In Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero’s Encounter with the Beast, Garcia examines the cinematic conventions of the male and female search for individuation across several genres. After discussing La Belle et La Bête, the author looks at a number of films including three iconic male journeys—The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Searchers, and The Deer Hunter. Additional chapters focus on The Silence of the Lambs, Bringing Up Baby, The Lady Eve, The Secret of Roan Inish, The Natural, and Moneyball. The book concludes with a consideration of the three fairy tale films by Catherine Breillat—Fat Girl, Bluebeard, and The Sleeping Beauty—and the female characters in several Robert Bresson films, including The Trial of Joan of Arc.
Providing a unique and original perspective on films throughout the world, this provocative book draws upon Jungian thought, as well as several literary traditions including fairy tales, epic poetry, and Greek and Celtic mythology. Aimed at scholars of film and film theory, Cinematic Quests for Identity will also appeal to movie fans interested in a deeper understanding of films that explore a character’s struggle to live a conscious life.
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Anaïs Anaïs’s Anastasia appears Arsène Available Formats baseball beast of individuation begins Belle Belle’s Bête Billy Bluebeard Bringing Up Baby camera Catherine Breillat Charles childhood cinematic quests Clarice Clarice’s close-up Cocteau consciousness Davaa David death Deer Hunter Dorian Elena encounter Ethan fairy tale Fat Girl father feminine Figure filmmaker Fiona Fisher King Gérard girl heroes girl’s grail Guinevere Hasard Balthazar hero’s Jean Joan of Arc Joan’s journey Koro Lady Eve Lambs Lancelot du Lac Lecter lives man’s Marie Marie-Catherine Marie’s Michael Moneyball mother Mouchette Mouchette’s movie myth Nansal narrative Ossie Pai’s patriarchy Perceval players protagonists quest films quest for identity quest for individuation rape rebirth Red Knight relationship represents Roan Inish Robert Bresson Roy’s sabermetric says scene screwball Secret of Roan sequence sexual shot sister soul story Susan symbolic Tir na nOg transformation Trial of Joan Whale Rider woman women wound young Zochor