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6.30pm | Tuesday 30 October, 6.30pm
Starr Auditorium, The Tate Modern, Bankside, London
Johanna Malt, King’s College London
In 1956, the philosopher Theodor Adorno described a tension in surrealist works ‘between schizophrenia and reification’. Surrealism struggles between a retreat into the inner self, and a capitulation to the outer world of commodities. Johanna Malt examines how the struggle is played out in surrealist films, and goes on to look at what happens when surrealism goes to Hollywood. The surrealists defined their project in relation to delusion and paranoia as well as to dream and wish-fulfilment, but what traces remain of surrealism’s ‘madness’ in its cinema? The talk will be followed by a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945, 111’).
Surrealism and Film
The Forum and Tate Modern will be running a series of three lectures with films to accompany a major Tate Modern exhibition, Surrealism: Desire Unbound. The series will explore philosophical approaches to film that supplement or challenge orthodox film theory.
Tickets costs £6 (£3 concessions) from Tate Modern Ticketing