The Feeling of Hostility, Mental Mechanisms Series No.2
16mm film Black & White Sound c.1948 0:00
Summary: Film dramatises the factors producing resentment and hostility in personal relationships. It tells the story of 'Claire', a girl who loses her father at a young age and how that affects her throughout her life (narrated).
Opening frame: Female child looking out of window.
Title number: 747
Description: Shot list: Opens with Claire being read to by her mother as a young child; cuts to her father out in the snow - he dies; cuts back to Claire and her mother - her mother is crying and hugging Claire. Cuts to a few years later - Claire and her mother are outside by a statue having a good time; narrator tells us that Claire depends too much on her mother. Scene changes to a man behind a shop/bank counter; the scene cuts back to Claire and her mother at the statue, the man from behind the counter has joined them there; Claire looks at her mother and the man talking to each other and feels rejected. Cuts to a few years later and Claire's mother and the man are sitting on the sofa together; Claire goes to the kitchen and starts to eat cake - narrator tells us that Claire is comfort eating. Scene changes to a baby being put down in a cot - Claire's mother tells Claire not to wake the baby; Claire pinches the baby to wake it up. Cuts to Claire being sent to school; she stands outside the school building a little way off by herself; a car drives past and stops outside the front entrance emitting a group of giggling girls; Claire watches in the background. Scene changes to inside a class room full of school girls; narrator tells us that Claire feels inadequate because of the other girl's wealth so tries to win affection from the teacher by being clever; shot of Claire answering questions. Claire's class are asked to bring in contributions; cuts to Claire asking her mother for money - she is embarrassed by how little she is given; cuts to Claire stealing from her mother's dressing table; Claire gives the money to the teacher. Scene changes to Claire wrapping up a slice of her favourite cake to give to her teacher; at the end of the day Claire waits until all the girls have left the classroom and then gives the teacher the slice of cake; the teacher thanks Claire - scene changes to a shot of Claire imagining the teacher as a mother figure; Claire packs up her desk and the teacher leaves the classroom; as Claire leaves the classroom she notices that the teacher hasn't taken the cake. Cuts to a later date - Claire walks into her house and her mother is there with a group of friends; Claire goes to the kitchen - her mother follows her and Claire hands her a report card; the mother looks at the report card and gives her a kiss; Mother goes back into the room with her friend - narrator tells us that the mother is taking credit for Claire's success; Claire starts to eat again. Cuts to a few years later - Claire is watching ice hockey practice; narrator tells us that Claire doesn't trust men; a boy comes over and talks to her - she is critical of the tie that the boy is wearing; the boy says that he will ring that night; scene changes to Claire at home with her brother - she is rude to him and then tells him that she is not to be disturbed; the boy rings and Claire's brother answers - he tells the boy she isn't to be disturbed and doesn't tell Claire that he rang. Shows a series of problems that each of the family members have; Mother is upset by husband not kissing her goodbye in the mornings; George skips school because he finds the work confusing; Claire's stepfather is angry because of situation at home and takes it out on subordinates. Cuts to a few years later - Claire is at university; shot of her walking into college and past a poster showing her as editor of the newspaper. Claire sits at a diner table with a boy and a girl sitting opposite her; Claire is giving constructive criticism about an article that the others have written; the couple get up to dance - Claire sits alone at the table. Cuts to a few years later - Claire is now an adult; she walks down the street and then enters a building; she goes to an office with a name plate on it - it is her name and job title; a man enters her office and gives her some papers; a postcard from her brother George and a shot of the family is with the papers; Claire looks out of the window. Scene changes to Claire Walking away down the street; she stops outside a restaurant and watches the couples leaving; she enters an empty apartment and wanders around; she sits down and lights a cigarette - she looks melancholy; narrator tells us that although she is successful she is lonely. Credits. Scene of a man walking out from behind a desk in an office - he leans against the front of the desk; he talks about the film and Claire's personality; scenes from the film are used to illustrate his points; Cuts between the man moving around the office and scenes from the film.
Credits: Director: Robert Anderson