This essay discusses animal-to-human metamorphosis in film, with particular regard to the ways in which therianthropy is used to communicate and investigate the theme of social isolation. Films under discussion are John Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bete (1946), Kurt Neumann’s The Fly (1958), and Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 3 (2007).
Research sources include Sigmund Freud’s The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, being used to analyse the psychological effects of the transformation on everyday existence, Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, as well as the 2000 film adaptation by Mary Hannon, acting as an example of a psychological transformation in society and the above films The Fly, La Belle et La Bete and Spiderman 3, for their themes regarding transformation on an emotional level.
The discussion begins by comparing the symbolic use of metamorphosis in La Belle et La Bete and The Fly, before examining the associated idea of the Symbiote in the Spider-Man universe, reinforcing ideas surrounding social isolation found in American Psycho. In conclusion, the assignment will seek to address the psychological and emotional repercussions that come as a result of metamorphosis.
La Belle et La Bete. (1946) Directed by Jean Cocteau, France: DisCina.
The Fly. (1958) Directed by Kurt Neumann, Los Angeles: Twentieth Century Fox Corporation.
Spider-Man 3. (2007) Directed by Sam Raimi, California: Columbia Pictures.
American Psycho. (2000) Directed by Mary Hannon, Canada: Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation.
Freud, S. (1901) The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. [Online] http://library.isb.edu/digital_collection/Psychopathology_of_everyday_life.pdf: (Accessed on: 15/10/11)
Ellis, Brett Easton. (1991) American Psycho. London: Picador