‘But There are No Lions in the Scottish Highlands’: Reading the Trunk in Matka

Wei, J. (2014). “‘But There Are No Lions in the Scottish Highlands’: Reading the trunk in Matka.” Short Film Studies, 4 (1), 51-54. doi:10.1386/sfs.4.1.51_1.

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John Wei

Laureate International Universities - Media Design School

Date Written: January 1, 2014

Abstract

This article reads the trunk in Matka as Lacan’s objet petit a – a reminder of our desiring subjectivity and considers to what degree it might be seen as a MacGuffin. It also argues that the protagonist is an emblem of the human subject in an abstract representation of our life’s journey.

Keywords: Hitchcock; Lacanian theory; MacGuffin; Matka; objet petit a; short film

Suggested Citation

Wei, John, ‘But There are No Lions in the Scottish Highlands’: Reading the Trunk in Matka (January 1, 2014). Wei, J. (2014). “‘But There Are No Lions in the Scottish Highlands’: Reading the trunk in Matka.” Short Film Studies, 4 (1), 51-54. doi:10.1386/sfs.4.1.51_1. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2649258

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