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Traumatic ImprintsCinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War$
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Noah Tsika

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297630

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297630.001.0001

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“Imaging the Mind”

“Imaging the Mind”

Military Psychiatry Meets Documentary Film

(p.9) Chapter 1 “Imaging the Mind”
Traumatic Imprints

Noah Tsika

University of California Press

Focusing on World War II and its immediate aftermath, this chapter offers a genealogy of a particular documentary tendency, one tied to the concurrent rise of military psychiatry and of the military-industrial state. As the psychiatric treatment of combat-traumatized soldiers gained greater institutional and cultural visibility, so did particular techniques associated with—but scarcely limited to—documentary film. This chapter looks at some of the subjectivities—some of the “private visions” and “careerist goals”—of military psychiatrists and other psychological experts whose influence is abundantly evident in a range of “documentary endeavors,” including those carried out (often simultaneously) by Hollywood studios and various military filmmaking outfits, from the Signal Corps Photographic Center to the Training Films and Motion Picture Branch of the Bureau of Aeronautics.

Keywords:   cinema, military psychiatry, psychology, war trauma, documentary

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