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Stein, H.H. (2018). Critical Flicker Fusion: By William Fried. London: Karnac, 2017. 160 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 87(1):231-234.

(2018). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(1):231-234

Critical Flicker Fusion: By William Fried. London: Karnac, 2017. 160 pp.

Review by:
Herbert H. Stein

In Critical Flicker Fusion, William Fried applies his considerable psychoanalytic skills to a deeper understanding of films. The book includes thirteen essays, twelve on films and one on two episodes of the popular TV series The Sopranos. He explains in his brief introduction that these were written as presentations to an audience that had just viewed the film, opening the path to a deeper discussion. Now, he opens it to a wider audience of readers.

Fried makes it clear that in approaching these films, he is applying the same skills that he uses in his psychoanalytic work approaching “dreams and other clinical materials.” Each essay goes into detail concerning the elements of the film and the motivations and internal conflicts of its characters.

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