How do we watch a film? Rereading 'video replay' in the light of affective processes

Urwin, Cathy (2010) How do we watch a film? Rereading 'video replay' in the light of affective processes. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, 15 (4). pp. 393-403. ISSN 1088-0763

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Abstract/Book Review

Walkerdine's `Video Replay' paper analysing a working-class family's reactions to watching a video of Rocky II was pathbreaking: it underlined power relations implicit in participant observation, challenged the differential between `high' and `low' culture and developed a framework for understanding viewers' engagement with film. The paper also makes a transcript of the video-viewing available for subsequent analysis. This commentary rereads the transcript in the light of the contemporary context and my affective responses to the material. The reading draws attention to identifications at play among family members, film characters and researcher, as well as to the ways this family's establishing a harmonious domestic scene allowed violent material to be viewed in relative safety. Fantasy is perceived as having constitutive effects. This reading moderates some of the deterministic implications of focusing primarily on signification.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rocky II, Walkerdine, Film, Popular Culture
Subjects: Race and Culture > Culture and Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 12:46
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 11:39
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/476

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