Aronofsky’s first feature film is discussed in terms of its closeness to autistic meltdown, an affect that appears rarely in film, driven by the character’s fascination with patterns, a propensity for maths as the language of the universe and a magical number. Computers feature heavily in the film, debated as either a potentially problematic alliance between autism and automatism, or possibly autistic attention to the material world and its many capacities. The film’s ending proves controversial: does it suggest that lobotomy is the only way to end suffering for Max, that there is no place in this world for neurodiversity?
Discussants: Georgia Bradburn, Janet Harbord, David Hartley, Alex Widdowson.
Email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cat People (1942) dir. Jacques Tourneur
Under the Skin (2013) dir. Jonathan Glazer
The Gleaners and I (2000) dir. Agnes Varda
The Rider (2017) dir. Chloe Zhao
Good Time (2017) dir. The Safdie Brothers, & Music (2021) dir. Sia
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Autism Through Cinema: Preview
Kick in The Creative's Podcast
The FrogPants Studios Ultra Feed!
Art Juice: A podcast for artists, creatives and art lovers
The Laura Horn Art Podcast
Copyright © 2006-2021 Podbean.com