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COURSE THREE – Cinema and Psychoanalysis, Rage, Loss, Fear and Redemption: The World of Today Through the Cinema Lens

COURSE THREE - Cinema and Psychoanalysis, Rage, Loss, Fear and Redemption: The World of Today Through the Cinema Lens

Course Coordinator: Julio Szmuilowicz

Course Leaders: see below

Friday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: October 26, November 30, 2018; January 25, February 22, April 5, April 26, May 31, 2019 (7 evenings)

Fees: $340

Preregistration is required.

Registration limited to 50 participants.

  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – NOT absence of fear.
  • Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion, a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size.
  • The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
  • Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.

It has been said that we are living in “the time of terror”. Unexpected, unspeakable and horrifying carnage occurs much too often practically anywhere (now even in “Toronto the good”), and so much of it is tied in with “acts of terror”. A terrorism charge can be more easily understood when carried out by terrorist entities that espouse a coherent and oft repeated set of ideas against avowed and well recognized “enemies”. What then of the times when one or more individuals cause wanton, guiltless and shameless destruction of life, limb and property – perpetrated in the name of fringe movements or anti-government ideologies or simply paranoid responses to conspiracies brought to “life” by internet subcultures with varying degrees of hurts and injuries?

As analysts we are challenged to try to understand these horrific events, and what causes a person to commit crimes of such ruthlessness and magnitude.

As often happens, cinema follows life. It is not surprising that in the last few years there have been many outstanding films dealing with the subject.

To illustrate and understand the topic, seven (mostly recent) films will be screened on a Friday, commencing promptly at 7:30 pm at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, 40 St. Clair East, Suite 203. After a short break, the film’s discussant will present a formal paper that will lead the group into a general discussion.


Date Discussant Film and Director
October 26, 2018 Betty Kershner I, Tonya (2017, 120 min)
Craig Gillespie (Director)
November 30, 2018 Rex Collins The Best Offer (2013, 131 min)
Giuseppe Tornatore (Director)
January 25, 2019 Julio Szmuilowicz Fists in the Pocket (1965, 105 min)
Marco Bellocchio (Director)
February 22, 2019 Arthur Caspary Mudbound (2017, 134 min)
Dee Rees (Director)
April 5, 2019 Barrie Wilson Changing Lanes (2002, 98 min)
Roger Mitchell (Director)
April 26, 2019 Betty Kershner and Julio Szmuilowicz The Florida Project (2017, 111 min)
Sean Baker (Director)
May 31, 2019 Robert Winer Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017, 105 min)
Martin McDonagh (Director)

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will:

  1. Understand some of the determinants of group psychology that enable and perpetuate feelings of rage of one group or individual against others.
  2. Understand how rage is an easier (and more facile) substitute for sadness and working through of losses.
  3. Be familiar with ways of helping people engage in more mentalizing and reflection than action and rage.
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Julio Szmuilowicz, MD, FRCP(C)

Julio Szmuilowicz, MD, FRCP(C), Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Faculty TPS&I.

Arthur Caspary, PhD, CPsych

Arthur C. Caspary, PhD, CPsych, Psychoanalyst in Private Practice, Head, Psychology Department and Director of Internal Academic Training, Sick Kids Community Mental Health Clinic (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre). Faculty Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Faculty TPS&I.

Rex Collins, PhD, RP, CPsych

Rex Collins, PhD, RP, CPsych, Private Practice Child and Adolescent Therapy, Graduate of the Toronto Child Psychotherapy Program. Guest of the TPS.

Betty Kershner*, PhD

Betty Kershner, PhD, Registered Psychologist in private practice, Assessment and treatment of children, adults and families. For the courts, for schools, for insurance, and for personal growth and satisfaction. Member New Directions Program, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

Barrie Wilson*, PhD

Barrie Wilson, PhD, Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies York University.

Robert Winer*, MD

Robert Winer, MD, Teaching Analyst and Chair of the Faculty Committee, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute; Chair of New Directions and of the Modern Perspectives on Psychotherapy Program, Washington Psychoanalytic Society. Psychoanalyst in Private Practice, Bethesda, MD.

*By Invitation

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2018/2019 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount. Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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