Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game (Film Theory in Practice)

Todd McGowan is the autor of this 192-page book (2015) and the Series Editor of the Film Theory in Practice published by Bloomsbury Academic. The Film Theory in Practice Series fills a gaping hole in the world of film theory. By marrying the explanation of film theory with interpretation of a film, the volumes provide discrete examples of how film theory can serve as the basis for textual analysis. The first book in the series, Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game, offers a concise introduction to psychoanalytic film theory in jargon-free language and shows how this theory can be deployed to interpret Jean Renoir's classic film. It traces the development of psychoanalytic film theory through its foundation in the thought of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan through its contemporary manifestation in the work of theorists like Slavoj Žižek and Joan Copjec. This history will help students and scholars who are eager to learn more about this important area of film theory and bring the concepts of psychoanalytic film theory into practice through a detailed interpretation of the film.

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film

The 520-page The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film (Routledge Religion Companions) was written by John Lyden and published by Routledge in 2009. The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film brings together a lively and experienced team of contributors to introduce students to the key topics in religion and film and to investigate the ways in which the exciting subject of religion and film is developing for more experienced scholars. Divided into four parts, the Companion:

  • analyzes the history of the interaction of religion and film, through periods of censorship as well as appreciation of the medium
  • studies religion-in-film, examining how the world’s major religions, as well as Postcolonial, Japanese and New Religions, are depicted by and within films
  • uses diverse methodologies to explore religion and film, such as psychoanalytical, theological and feminist approaches, and audience reception
  • analyzes religious themes in film, including Redemption, the Demonic, Jesus or Christ Figures, Heroes and Superheroes
  • considers films as diverse as The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix, Star Wars and Groundhog Day.

This definitive book provides an accessible resource to this emerging field and is an indispensable guide to religion and film for students of Religion, Film Studies, and beyond.

Cinematherapy for the Soul: The Girl's Guide to Finding Inspiration One Movie at a Time

Has your karma run over your dogma? Are you feeling anxious about the future, or wondering who turned down the dimmer switch on your inner light? The illumination you need is right at your fingertips. Settle into the lotus position, pick up your remote control, and let movies be your spiritual guide on your journey toward personal nirvana. From the bestselling duo who brought you Cinematherapy, Advanced Cinematherapy, Cinematherapy for Lovers, and Bibliotherapy comes CINEMATHERAPY FOR THE SOUL, a video guide guaranteed to help you become your own guru. With 150 new reviews of classic and contemporary movies and thoughtful quotes to uplift you, CINEMATHERAPY FOR THE SOUL is guaranteed to help you discover that the movies will reinvigorate your tired spirit and help you find inspiration, one movie at a time.

Reel Fulfillment: A 12-Step Plan for Transforming Your Life Through Movies

Maria Grace's 256-page Reel Fulfillment (1st ed. published by McGraw-Hill, 2005) isA powerful program based on the popular standing-room-only Learning Annex course to forge personal fulfillment through the movies. This original new approach to personal happiness teaches you how watching your favorite movies can radically improve your life. Using interactive prompts and work sheets, you will learn how silver-screen fantasies from such diverse movies as "Working Girl," "Star Wars," and even "Shrek" can uncover the self-imposed obstacles and unrealistic expectations that get in the way of realizing your dreams. With tips on how to create a realistic “life script,” Reel Fulfillment will guide you to a “happily ever after.”

E-Motion Picture Magic: A Movie Lover's Guide to Healing and Transformation

The 230-page E-Motion Picture Magic was writen by Birgit Wolz and published Glenbridge Publishing Ltd.(1st ed.;  2004). It is a fantastic guide to solving emotional problems by interacting with the stories and characters portrayed on the silver screen. We know that movies are entertaining. But now we know they can also be therapeutic.

Like no other medium before it, the popular movie presents the potential of a new power for illuminating the depth of human experience. E-Motion Picture Magic employs that power as a tool to increase consciousness.

Cinema therapy offers more perspective on life, prompting the viewer to step back from his or her problems in order to feel less insecure, worried, or discontented. Using films for self-improvement allows a shift in perspective when viewed with conscious awareness.

Psychiatry and the Cinema

The Second Edition of the 440-page Psychiatry and the Cinema was authored by by Glen O. Gabbard, Krin Gabbard, and Gleno Gabbard, published by American Psychiatric Association in 1989.  Psychiatry and the Cinema explores this complementary relationship from two angles, psychiatrists who have studied the movies and movies that have depicted psychiatry. This second edition looks at: - Over 400 theatrically-released American films that feature psychiatrists or other mental health professionals at work- The stereotypical characters and conventions dominating the presentation of movie psychiatrists and the historical rise and fall of the psychotherapist image in the movies- New trends in psychoanalytically oriented film theory- State-of-the-art understanding of psychoanalytic film criticism and illustrative examples of the use of that methodology with films such as Casablanca, Alien, Three Women, Sea of Love, Working Girl, Good Will Hunting, and many more- Clinical implications of the film representations of psychotherapy for the mental health practitioner. Both entertaining and educational, this book serves as an important aid in understanding the special hold that movies have on audiences.

Reel Psychiatry: Movie Portrayals of Psychiatric Conditions

Reel Psychiatry is a compendium of movie examples of psychiatric conditions, with expert commentary on the accuracy of the portrayals. This text covers most of the conditions found in the DSM-IV-TR and is a suitable resource for patients, families, students, and instructors. There are introductory chapters detailing the diagnostic process in psychiatry, followed by an explanation of the disorder and diagnostic criteria in plain English before the movie examples are discussed.

Rent Two Films and Let's Talk in the Morning: Using Popular Movies in Psychotherapy

Videowork is the therapeutic process in which therapists assign popular films that relate to core issues of ongoing therapy. Clients are instructed to do their "homework" between sessions and prepare for discussion in future sessions. Rent Two Films and Let's Talk in the Morning explores how therapeutic work interwoven with popular films enhances traditional therapy. This much-anticipated revision provides an introduction to using movie rentals in therapy and serves as a ready reference for therapists who want to assign videos as homework.

Authors John and Jan Hesley address the dilemmas that you may face when deciding when it is appropriate to assign a film, and offer friendly guidance and detailed information on every aspect of using films as tools in therapy. In addition, this updated edition:
  • Provides concise descriptions of dozens of popular videos and shows how they can be used as therapy for specific therapeutic needs (divorce, child abuse, substance abuse, etc.)
  • Contains a revised organizational structure, covering therapy topics based on patient issues frequently encountered in therapy, including marital problems, parenting, job stress, abuse, and emotional disorders
  • Offers suggestions on selecting films, creating assignments, and processing homework
  • Provides newly released film reviews, along with 40 additional films with brief descriptions, in the "Therapists' Film Reference"

The Motion Picture Prescription: Watch This Movie and Call Me in the Morning: 200 Movies to Help You Heal Life's Problems

"Films are our stories, " says Solomon, and stories have been used therapeutically since primitive humans first began to spin tales around campfires. One thing remains constant: stories can teach, and they can heal. Many counselors and therapists may informally make use of movies to help people explore important psychological issues. "The Motion Picture Prescription" lists "200 Movies to Help You Heal Life's Problems", as the subtitle puts it, with brief synopses of the films, short lists of "healing themes" in them, and comments about the key story elements. For example, Solomon writes about "Rain Man" (with Dustin Hoffman as the autistic savant brother to Tom Cruise, unknown to him for decades): "Some families keep secrets that eventually come to light, leaving those who are still alive to deal with the legacy of the family lies. There's no room for secrets in a loving relationship... Can you see Charlie [Cruise] was taking his anger out on Raymond [Hoffman] when he was really feeling hurt and sad over his father's abandoning him?"

Psychology for Screenwriters

For any writer struggling to create powerful and believable characters, it is imperative that you understand the psychological aspects of why people do the things they do, why they behave in the ways they choose to, and what inner drives propel them towards potential greatness. The hero's journey talked about in myth and story has a structure based upon archetypes, themes and patters of human behavior that any writer can come to master when creating the perfect screenplay, and "Psychology For Screenwriters: Building Conflict in Your Script" by screenwriter and Assistant Professor of Psychology William Indick is a priceless guidebook for navigating the interior of the mind.

What works really well in this book are the many examples of how these aspects of personality show up in films most of us have seen before. This really allows the author to drive home his points and clarify his concepts in a way we call can understand - by relating it to what we've already experienced on the big screen. Even better are the many helpful sidebars, chapter summary points and insightful exercises all geared towards making sure that the writer, and reader, truly understands the material before closing the book and beginning to write.