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The Melancholy of Desire in Buñuel’s ‘That Obscure Object of Desire’ and Fassbinder’s ‘I Only Want You to Love Me’

Daniel SEBIN


The purpose of this essay is to investigate the melancholic nature of desire in the films “That Obscure Object of Desire” and “I Only Want You to Love Me”. Firstly, a definition of melancholy will be given and then an analysis of the way in which the nature of desire creates melancholy in these films. Also, an exegesis of these films different aspects, how they interact and how they function together in order to achieve a feeling of melancholy in the viewer. A theoretical support for these ideas will be given by Lacan, Žižek and Freud.

Keywords: melancholy, desire, Fassbinder, Buñuel, Freud, Žižek, Lacan, fantasy, film studies, critical theory

DOI: 10.24193/ekphrasis.21.20