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Everything you always wanted to know about Woody Allen but were afraid to ask: association between psychoanalysis and cinema in his work

Grant number: 14/20819-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2015
Effective date (End): September 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Cinema
Principal Investigator:Gustavo Henrique Dionisio
Grantee:Aline Sabbadini
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


In this project we intend to deepen the study about the relations between psychoanalysis and cinema considering Woody Allen's movies Manhattan (1977), Desconstructing Harry (1997), Whatever Works (2009) and Midnight in Paris (2011) as research objects. The research aims to construct the "neurotic" character, so recurrent at the director's filmography, using a selection of psychological elements commonly present at his movies. Furthermore, we will investigate the possibility of this character to be considered a cineaste’s double, thus avoiding a psychologist reading, which could be understood as alter ego or simply as an author's projection. For this purpose, implicated psychoanalysis will be used as a method, trying to understand the implications between the cinema viewer's unconscious and the work of art. Therefore, this study intends to contribute to the academic literature about psychoanalysis and cinema and collaborate with the critical collection of the director's work.

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