CinemAnalysis: Learning About Psychology Through Film

CinemAnalysis connects films to psychology through double features- movies paired because they share striking amounts of cinematic DNA (as if they were separated at birth). Each chapter describes a double feature, including why the movies can be appreciated more by viewing them in tandem. Then psychological ideas are illustrated through the paired films. Topics include psychosis, depression, family dynamics, parenting, identity formation, cognition, marital relationships, and development over the lifespan. Films span decades and genres, including Harvey (1950), Fight Club (1999), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), About Schmidt (2002), and Before Midnight (2013).

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