Mnemozid auf Shutter Island (2010)
Scorseses Traumatologie des 20. Jahrhunderts
“You gotta make a choice ... If you wanna uncover the truth ... you have to let her go!” – With these lines, spoken by a madman at Ash cliffe Hospital on Shutter Island who is expecting the night of enlightenment: the lobotomy in the lighthouse, Scorsese reveals a schizophrenic structure of his film and thus makes us an offer: it’s our choice whether we want to follow the narrative structure of the film – its plot twists, bifurcations and retroactive mechanics – and therefore consider Shutter Island (2010) as just another (and maybe failed) mind game movie, or to watch its pulp images and vivid Technicolor dreams as a complex phantasmagory, composed of highly campy screen memories that, at the same time, encrypt and recall traumatic incidents and mnemocidal tendencies of the 20th century. The proposed dia grammatic approach investigates Scorsese’s film as a field of forces and rela tions that let private and public spheres, individual and collective memory, US American and European traumata irradiate and irritate each other.