April 22 2014
We start by viewing one of the film projects that a student did for his midterm: blinking eyes. This will be more or less silent in the podcast, for a minute or two. Then a discussion of blinking, partly Erwin Goffman style. And then on to Vertigo, another movie about repetition: one's own; the world's; the other's. Comparison to Groundhog Day and Source Code. Opening considerations on Freudian repetition, as in Beyond the Pleasure Principle, via an account of the relation of pleasure to instinct or drive (the incentive that a drive aims at or the incentive to reduce unpleasure that drives the drive), and the the beginning of a discussion on repetition compulsion among shell-shocked veterans of the Great War.