The seminar draws its title from Winnicott's notion of "transitional space," developed when he was treating displaced children in the aftermath of World War II. We will explore the unsettled and unsettling, in-between spaces that inform the cinematic imaginary of that era: ruins, makeshift shelters, places marked by destruction and displacement, and the fraught sites of reconstruction. For this is also where new spaces opened up for cinematic exploration in that era: what sense of self, and what consciousness of the image was afforded here? Focusing primarily on Italy, Germany, France, the UK and the US (with glimpses elsewhere), we will interlace screenings, readings, and discussion of the historical, physical, social, and psychic experience of that period, that saw the disappearance of people, the devastation and remaking of everyday life. Readings will draw on Spender, Judt, Schivelbusch, Sebald, Primo Levi, Morante, Arendt, Didi-Huberman, Deleuze, and Shoshana Felman, among others. We will view both documentary and fiction films by such makers as Rossellini, Staudte, Radvánji, Franju, Fuller, Jennings, Antonioni, Resnais, and Melville.