Return conversation with John Cussans on movies as mass propaganda & both cause and symptom of collective dissociation, vampires, hypnosis, and trauma-based social engineering.
Part One: The Technology of Dissociation (0 – 33 mins)
Seen & Not Seen, the soul of the plot & the technology of dissociation, Lacan’s formula for the real, trauma as a substitute for God, what cuts us off from reality, making movies, (8 mins) writing without theory, from Bataille to horror films, the transgressive-erotic, Van Helsing-Dracula identification polarity, the Christopher Lee portal, joining the undead, Bela Lugosi, the film director as sadist-controller, on the borderline of seduction, Neon Demon, identification with Polanski, hypnosis & mind control, flipping the script of the Manson murders, cinema & hypnosis, Friedkin & The Exorcist, back-masking & subliminals & audience triggers, Blue Story, reality & movies.
Part Two: Cinematic Memories (33 mins – 1 hr 4 mins)
Blurring the line, dissociation & mind control, Derren Brown & Stephen Fry, Sirhan Sirhan, theater of hypnosis, (38 min) cinema & suggestion & loss of agency, a serpentine weave of psychoanalysis, two narratives around dissociative identity disorder, unconscious acts of murder, Secret Life of Movies, schizophrenia & disconnection from reality, the pressure of the unreality of reality, going to Morocco, getting back to reality, meeting Paul Bowles, kif & cannabis, cinematic memories and the nostalgia for dissociation, reading and narrative transportation, a traumatic substrate to cinema, the creation of language, the upside of dissociation, prefrontal cortex survival imagination, imagining the soul.
Part Three: Trauma Victims at Breakfast (1 hr 4 mins – 1 hr 32 mins)
Alison Miller, abuse victims, splitting reality, language as a symptom of trauma, cinema & simulations of reality, movies as collective dreams, the dangers of mass hypnosis via cinema, conspiracy and complicity, the auteur theory, communist-capitalist tensions, warring ideologies, collectivism vs. individualism, a democratic art-form (1:19 – 1:24), art films vs Hollywood’s toxic brutalization, hetero-normative vs transgender propaganda, a value-set of tolerance, moral persuasion, transgender propaganda, 2 + 2 = 5.
Part Four: Stop Making Sense (1 hr 32 mins – end)
Trauma & transgender, abuse culture & bad parenting, Disney as traumatizing agency, the formation of sexual identity, negating the body, techno-evolution, generational transformation, making sense, mimetic linguistic tropes, dissociating from a dissociated reality, liminality, “you know” as hypnotic suggestion, the tools of the mind controllers, the contract of language, the misuse of the world literally, the danger of tinkering with language, organic slang, the reification of the creative individual, what takes is what works, the culture of branding, the nature of the control system, social engineering & zeitgeist, collapsing structures, the problem with solutions.