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Un mondo diviso, un oggetto mancante

digital Un mondo diviso, un oggetto mancante
section Online First
title Un mondo diviso, un oggetto mancante
A Divided World, a Missing Object. Cross-Cutting and the Perversion of Desire in Fritz Lang’s M.
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 01-2020
doi 10.26350/001200_000077
issn 03928667 (print) | 18277969 (digital)
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A careful reassessment of Fritz Lang’s use of cross-cutting in M. (1931) allows for three levels of analysis. The first, theoretical and methodological, shows how related frames can be construed, from a psychoanalytical perspective, as the relation between subject-object. A second and more critical reading, stemming from the first, highlights the problematic (and in some ways perverse) dynamics of yearning in post-war Germany. Bearing this in mind, and with a new approach to the traditional appraisals of the film, we can see how the “monster” story is emblematic of the difficulties of an entire population and its institutions to find a psychological balance between personal will, duties and collective alienation. It is also possible, on the basis of these conclusions, to appreciate how Fritz Lang’s cinematographic production as a whole focuses on the controversial yet essential need to embody artistically the search for justice, possessing the un-portrayable traits of the Freudian “lost object” or the Lacanian Real.


Mimetic desire; Fritz Lang; cross-cutting; identification; lacanian real.

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