Dreams And Films

Virginia Woolf, speaks of the eye and the brain needing to working conjunctively together to dissect a film(87.) Is she posing here that we must dig into our unconscious in order to break down the images in the film? If we are using our unconscious isn’t the effect going to be different from person to person?

If works such as W. Blake’s Young Night’s Thought’s and part’s of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stevenson came to them in a dream, then how is it possible to really recreate those characters which seemed so vivid in a dream to the author into a film by someone who did not see those images?

The Perks of Being by a Wallflower written by Stephen Chbosky, is now being directed by him and the screen play was also written by him. In this case, would Virginia Woolf’s opinion be less harsh on the creation of film based on a novel?

Ernest Hartmann, said in Dreams and Nightmares, The Origin and Meaning of Dreams, ” Whether we are awake, asleep, or dreaming, is the lighting up of certain patterns of units and the strengthening or weakening of the weights on certain  connections; in other words, we make connections all the time.” So if this is true, whether we read a novel or view a film, it is based on the reader or viewer what they take away from it. Could it be that everyone has a different visual of a character in a novel?

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2 Responses to Dreams And Films

  1. Mike Ketive says:

    Perhaps dreams lead the creator of content in the world of the subconscious to come to a realization for the subconscious. I would imagine Stevenson didn’t just wake up from a dream thinking “I just dreamed about a novel I’m going to write called Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!” However, it’s possible that someone could dream about being a normal person one minute and a monster the next; I’m sure some people out there have had a vague dream like that at some point in their lives. The point I’m trying to make here is that it’s possible, even likely that everyone dreams and fantasizes differently, but we all can imagine the same thing generally speaking. Even now, when I mentioned someone being normal one minute and the monster a next, whoever read this likely imagined something entirely different from what I imagined but we both used the same words to reach our separate images. We may all dream differently, but we also have common inspirations to fuel these different dreams.

  2. There’s also a good theoretical argument we’ll return to when we discuss narrative: namely is there a shared et of symbols/unconsciousness that artists can “tap into,” or does every reader and viewer reinvent things everytime in their brains? Woolf wasn’t afraid to admit to being a snob, so she simply be talking about a certain kind of educated viewer.

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