Stroke and the Remembered Body: You See Me Directed by Linda S. Brown, 2015
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In You See Me, Linda Brown films her elderly father, Stanley, as he recovers from a cerebellum stroke. With him, she registers the change in his voice, his struggle to get a point across, the loss of a repertoire of gestures and postures, the vagaries of physical rehabilitation, paranoid episodes linked to vascular dementia, and sudden emotional bursts that are so “out of character” (Brown 2015). In turn, and through a series of interviews with Stan’s cardiologist, with her mother Natalie, and her three siblings, Linda seeks to register the relational aftermaths of a physiological event that, in effect, altered her father’s relation to his past (to his mother, to his wife, and to his children) but also to models of agency and masculinity available to him. There is something deeply cinematic in the nature of Stan’s relation to his past and his recovering body: “When we say an image is ‘cinematic,’” writes Karl Schoonover commenting on Siegfried Kracauer’s film theory, “we are...
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