Physiological cinema

“Thus Kubelka initiated the flicker film, what Regina Cornwell has described ‘phenomenologically as the short and very rapid succession of recurrent images which flutter or fluctuate in various structures.’ The effect is abrasive yet revolutionary. [Arnulf] Rainer values the process of cinematic projection and the immediacy of vision over the illusionistic three-dimensional representation of past events; it is a film that appeals not to the psychological or emotional but rather to the neurological and physiological brain, creating optical illusions and even fleeting hallucinations that at once disabuse viewers of the limiting priorities of mainstream cinema while inviting them into new worlds of perception.”

Flashes of Brilliance: A brief history of the flicker film, Michael Joshua Rowin.

Zero stroke

“Zero stroke or cipher stroke was a mental disorder, reportedly diagnosed by physicians in Germany under the Weimar Republic and said to be caused by hyperinflation of the early 1920s. The disorder was primarily characterized by the desire of patients to write endless rows of zeros, which are also referred to as ciphers.”

Wikipedia

Scotomization

“The term scotomization comes from the Greek noun skotos (darkness). In the older literature it is used as a synonym for the term negative hallucination. Both terms are used to denote the failure to perceive an object or stimulus that is present within one’s range of perception. The term scotomization was introduced in or shortly before 1926 by the French psychoanalysts Edouard Pichon (1890-1940) and René Laforgue (1894-1962). In psychoanalytic theory, the term scotomization is used to denote the tendency to ignore, or to be blind to, certain impulses or memories, especially those experienced as a threat to the individual’s ego.”

Dictionary of Hallucinations

Las mujeres piensan

«En sus películas las mujeres piensan. Y esto es algo que jamás me ha llamado la atención en otros cineastas. En ningún otro. Frecuentemente muestran mujeres que reaccionan y se comportan como se supone que deben hacerlo las mujeres, pero en Sirk piensan. Hay que ver esto. Es maravilloso ver pensar a las mujeres. Da esperanzas. Francamente».

Sobre seis películas de Douglas Sirk: Sólo el cielo lo sabe (1955), Rainer Werner Fassbinder.