My friend Allison Graham had written her doctoral dissertation on the British director Lindsay Anderson (eventually published in the Twayne directors series), and her interest inspired my own in Anderson, in particular his epic O Lucky Man! (1973).
I had been reading a lot of literary critic J. Hillis Miller, and his work factors in the essay, as does a continuing interest in Zen Buddhism.
I remember being very satisfied with this brief piece, which was published in Literature/Film Quarterly, the first of several in the journal.
Available in The Ventriloquist.