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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Case of the phantom fetish: Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires
Author(s): Ezra, Elizabeth
Keywords: Feuillade
Les Vampires
First World War
Feuillade, Louis, 1873-1925 Criticism and interpretation
Silent films France Plots, themes, etc.
World War, 1914-1918 Motion pictures and the war
Criminals France Drama
Issue Date: Jul-2006
Date Deposited: 23-Apr-2008
Citation: Ezra E (2006) The Case of the phantom fetish: Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires. Screen, 47 (2), pp. 201-211.
Abstract: This article examines the recurring image of the severed head in Louis Feuillade's serial film Les Vampires (1915-16), linking it to the anxieties and traumas engendered by the First World War. In particular, it argues for a reconsideration of the image's emblematic status as a symbol of castration, and suggests that the castration complex itself may be best understood as a fetish, acting as a decoy for other losses that cannot be acknowledged overtly (those killed and wounded at war). Like a phantom limb, the castration fetish is a substitute that at once disavows an absence and acts as a memorial to that absence.
DOI Link: 10.1093/screen/hjl016
Rights: Published in Screen by Oxford University Press.; This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Screen following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Screen, volume 47, no. 2, Summer 2006 : 201-11 is available online at:

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