Wednesday, July 15, 2015

An essay on Kubrick, Freud, Bettelheim for The Life Sentence:

In Freud’s view the stories most capable of creating a sense of the uncanny are those in which the storyteller “deceives us into thinking that he is giving us the sober truth, and then after all oversteps the bounds of possibility” by bringing about events that can never happen. In the completely fabricated and precisely structured worlds of “once upon a time” and “long ago and far away,” we accept the impossible as being perfectly ordinary. No one ever questions the validity of the tale of an innocent maiden who suddenly awakes from a poison-induced sleep and then runs off with a handsome and well-intentioned prince.


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