Archive for the ‘Delusion’ Category

Mental illness

20/12/2011

The display and representation of mental illness and delusional states of mind on screen is often awkward and involuntarily comical. Traditional means to do this were electronic sounds ( the Theremin in Laura, 1944) or inner voices speaking in large, reverberant artificial spaces.

The connection to the horror (and Sci-Fi) film genre as an expression of paranoia is evident.

Contemporary digital audio-visual technology offers tools to create convincing solutions.

  1. Filtering location sound (eliminating high frequencies)
  2. Sampling (see Sampling Culture)
  3. cut-up techniques

Examples are:

Un proph├Ęte (2009, D: Jacques Audiard)

Saving Privat Ryan (1998, D: Steven Spielberg)

Requiem for a Dream (2000, D: Darren Aronofsky)

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011, D: Lynne Ramsay)

Persona (1966, D: Ingmar Bergman)

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