Archive for the ‘Delusion’ Category

Mental illness


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)