© 2004

Film, Form and Phantasy

Adrian Stokes and Film Aesthetics


Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Representation, Expression and Phantasy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael O’Pray
      Pages 27-49
    3. Michael O’Pray
      Pages 50-71
  3. Adrian Stokes: Carving and Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Michael O’Pray
      Pages 75-91
    3. Michael O’Pray
      Pages 92-103
  4. Montage and Realism in Film

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Michael O’Pray
      Pages 137-156
    3. Michael O’Pray
      Pages 157-173
    4. Michael O’Pray
      Pages 174-184
    5. Michael O’Pray
      Pages 185-212
    6. Michael O’Pray
      Pages 213-214
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-252

About this book


This book explores the ideas of the neglected English aesthetician and art historian, Adrian Stokes. Stokes's Kleinian-based concepts of carving and modelling are analysed in relation to film, arguing that they replace the traditional notions of realism and montage in film theory and provide a set of aesthetics which encompasses mainstream and 'art' cinema. This Kleinian psychoanalytic approach is offered to the films of Eisenstein, Rossellini, Hitchcock and others.


aesthetics Alfred Hitchcock Analyse cinema film Interpretation John Ford realism Tradition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture and the Visual ArtsUniversity of East LondonUK

About the authors

MICHAEL O'PRAY is Professor of Film at the School of Architecture, Art and Design at the University of East London. His previous books include Andy Warhol: Film Factory (editor, 1989), Inside the Pleasure Dome: The Films of Kenneth Anger (co-edited with Jayne Pilling,1990), The British Avant-Garde Film: 1926-1995: An Anthology of Writings (editor, 1996), Derek Jarman: Dreams of England (1996) and The Avant-Garde Film: Themes, Forms and Passions (2003).

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