THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND; A LOST MOTHER, A MAVERICK, ROUGH MAGIC AND A MIRROR: A PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVE ON THE CINEMA OF ORSON WELLES
– by Jack Schwartz, LCSW, PsyD, NCPsyA

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Abstract

Arguably, Orson Welles is considered America’s most artistic and influential filmmaker from the golden era of American movies, even though most people are only familiar with his first feature, Citizen Kane (1941).  Any film buff can easily recognize his signature camera work, his use of lighting and overlapping dialogue, along with so many cinematic nuisances that define his artistry.  Despite being on the “pantheon” (Sarris, 1969) of American directors, he never established any real sustaining commercial success.  Even though he leaves behind many pieces of a giant beautiful cinematic puzzle, Welles will always be considered one of the greats. Prompted by Welles’ posthumously restored last feature The Other Side of the Wind (2018), the time is ripe for a psychoanalytic re-evaluation of Welles’ cinematic oeuvre, linking the artist’s often tumultuous creative journey to the dynamic structure of Welles’ early and later childhood experiences through the frame of his final film.

About The Author

Jack Schwartz, LCSW, PsyD, NCPsyA

Jack Schwartz, LCSW, PsyD, NCPsyA is a psychoanalyst/psychotherapist in private practice, NJ. He graduated from the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis, where he is a faculty member, lecturer and control analyst. He is a NAAP Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He holds degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University Yeshiva University (where he received the Distinguished Graduate Student Award) and International University. He served as the Senior Forensic Psychologist in Passaic County New Jersey for over 15 years, specializing in criminal investigations, probation, child custody issues, and has regularly served the court as an expert witness. Dr. Schwartz maintains a full private practice in Northern New Jersey, working with children, adolescents, couples and adults. He frequently lectures on dream analysis, PTSD, resilience and other matters related to the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is a regular contributor to the New Jersey Institute Viewpoints newsletter, and is the editor for the NJ Clinical Social Worker highly regarded newsletter, the Forum. Dr. Schwartz has written both short fiction, and technical articles on Dream Analysis and Holocaust Survivors, and has published a psychoanalytic novel, Our Time is Up, available on Amazon, soon to be an e-book. Dr. Schwartz’s article “Freud’s Irma Dream, The Origin of Psychoanalysis and a Bloody Nose” was published in multi-disciplinary journal MindConsiliums in 2014 (MindConsiliums). It had received a Gradiva® nomination from the National Association for Advancement of Psycho-analysis in 2015.

Articles:

Schwartz, J. (2019). The Other Side of the Wind…A psychoanalytic perspective on the cinema of Orson Welles. MindConsiliums, 19(9), 1-25.

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