Below the surface: Siegfried Kracauer’s ‘test-film’ project (New Formations 61, Summer 2007)
Author: Graeme Gilloch, Jaeho Kang
Graeme Gilloch, Jaeho Kang
Gilloch and Kang discuss ‚ÄòBelow the Surface‚Äô, a 24-page screenplay dating from 1945 for a so-called test film of approximately 20 minutes duration, designed as a social psychology experiment to investigate anti-Semitism among US audiences. The authors examine Kracauer‚Äôs involvement in the project and how it represents his theory of film as a dream image for the collective unconscious, suggesting that it is a fantasia of Critical Theory due to the motifs, concepts and figures that it¬†contains.