The problem of the “it was all a dream” structure is considered, particularly in reference to its appearance in the year 1953. This article compares three films featuring the dream structure — Robot Monster (dir. Phil Tucker, US), The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (dir. Roy Rowland, US), and Invaders from Mars (dir. William Cameron Menzies, US) — with an eye toward the Oedipal issues that the shared structure helps to express. In conclusion, the use of psychoanalysis as a scholarly tool is debated.
Chris Dumas; On Film Studies and the Unconscious. Camera Obscura 1 December 2012; 27 (3 (81)): 39–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/02705346-1727455
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