Arthur penn's night moves: A film that interprets US

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In this chapter, the author offers the interpretive viewing with the assumption that it represents neither an objective deciphering of the film's 'true' meaning, but rather a new significance that has emerged in the transitional space opened up by his intense personal and transferential encounter with Arthur Penn’s Night Moves. The film's plot interweaves and juxtaposes two equally important stories: detective Harry Mosby's attempt to decipher the disappearance, and later the death, of an adolescent girl, Delly Grastner; and his struggle to save his disintegrating marriage to Ellen. At the background of both stories stands a common emotional theme: failed parenthood, and its sequela—the helpless yearning, despair and rage of the abandoned child. While The Maltese Falcon 'is completely devoid of any explicit reference to inner feeling states or motives', Night Moves is psychologically minded and often interpretive.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychoanalysis and Film
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780429903472
ISBN (Print)9781855752757
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2001 Institute of Psychoanalysis; chapters 1-25.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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