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The figure of Madeleine/Judy/ K i m Novak—that image—walks into the room/onto the screen. The image is uncontaminated by comprehension. Surrounded by an aura of light, green light that draws the figure from any ground, it is a fully realized apparition. The image is neither dead nor alive, for it is an image. Beyond the pleasure principle and short of the death drive, it belongs to another register: it appears and it fades. T h i s fatal flicker ing i n a w o r l d of projection and introjection finds its sublime tech nology in film.
F r o m the p o i n t o f v i e w o f J u d y , there is n o real difference between the c o i l o f hair a n d the jewels. H a v i n g assented to the suit, the shoes, the hair c o l o r , the c o i l o f hair, h a v i n g h a d to r e v e r t t o h e r p o r t r a y a l o f M a d e l e i n e , s h e m i g h t as w e l l complete the picture a n d wear M a d e l e i n e ' s jewels, those jewels i n herited from Carlotta Valdes. But from the point of view o f Scottic, t h e r e i s e v e r y d i f f e r e n c e b e t w e e n t h e c o i l o f h a i r a n d the j e w e l s .
3 6 5 ] ) , its a w k w a r d i n t r u s i o n s onto the terrain of Geist, the "higher" sphere of the conceptual and semantic. T h u s A d o r n o s t r o n g l y approves of the way p s y c h o a n a l y s i s exposes the i m b r i c a t i o n of the somatic or p u l s i o n a l i n processes of artistic pro d u c t i o n — b u t o n l y i f it can be p u r g e d of F r e u d ' s simultaneous invocation of "higher aims," social esteem, and so on. The very meta p h o r of s u b l i m a t i o n , of course, w i t h its "spiritualizing" implications M E A N I N G O N TRIAL 35 (in chemistry, the term designates the v a p o r i z a t i o n of a s o l i d , its direct passage to a gas), perhaps carries w i t h it a certain ideological baggage; thus A d o r n o ' s rather strained attempts to substitute other terms for it ( i n Minima Moralia, he has to fall back rather lamely on "expression").