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Melancolia como herança no filme Cidadão Kane

By Liliane Seide Froemming and Márcia Regina Ribeiro


The text proposes a study, based on Psychoanalytical theory, about\ud the film Citizen Kane, by Orson Welles, touching upon some aspects\ud related to melancholy. It is about regarding some parts of the movie\ud context (script, soundtrack, editing), as well as the authors biography\ud and the social context as social devices that award importance to the\ud idea of the impossibility of mourning over a beloved object. Beyond\ud the classic symptoms attributed to melancholy, the emphasis here\ud lies on the process of loss described by Freud in Mourning and\ud Melancholy (1917 [1915]). The film makes us reflect on how much\ud what is inherited can be paradoxically referred to a certain loss. Kane\ud the character, in his childhood, inherits a fortune at the same time\ud that he loses the possibility of living with his parents; thus, what he\ud doesnt take from home (the sledge Rosebud) is what accompanies\ud him for the rest of his life, as a significant, linked to the abandonment.\ud The editing, one of the aspects of the movie analysis, is analyzed in\ud more detail because it was considered, by Welles himself, as the main\ud element of a movie masterpiece. Another proposition presented in\ud this article is the idea that the editing, in this film, can also be thought\ud as producing a melancholic effect

Topics: Psychology, BF1-990, Philosophy. Psychology. Religion, B
Publisher: Universidade de Fortaleza
Year: 2007
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