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Research Paper A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Being John Malkovich By William Crowell The idea of wanting to be someone else the development of a childs character and the repression of certain traumatic childhood experiences are all at the heart of Freuds psychoanalytic approach Through my interpretation of Being John Malkovich I will discuss how these ideas have been represented in the movie Being John Malkovich by Spike Jonze is the tale of a young struggling puppeteer who takes a job as a filing clerk in the downtown firm of LesterCorp Behind a filing cabinet in his office he discovers a small portal that takes him inside the mind of actor John Malkovich John Cusak plays puppeteer Craig Shwartz Craigs wife Lotte Shwartz is played by Cameron Diaz and is an attendant in a local pet store Craig falls in love with Maxine Lund played by Catherine Keener who also works at LesterCorp After being rejected by Maxine Craig informs her of the portal that he has found and the two begin a business venture of selling trips into Malkovichs head for 20000 a trip Lotte takes a trip into Malkovichs head and is immediately addicted to it She wants to BE Malkovich all the time Through her experience inside Malkovich Lotte realizes that she is a transsexual and that she too is in love with Maxine Maxine eventually tells the two that she is not attracted to Craig and that she is smitten with Lotte but only when she is in Malkovich The rest of the movie deals with the trials and tribulations associated with both Lotte and Craig competing for control of Malkovich to ultimately win the love of Maxine The first aspect of
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