Course Two – Cinema and Psychoanalysis, About Women, By Women: A Cinematic View of Contemporary Women’s Issues

Course Two - Cinema and Psychoanalysis, About Women, By Women: A Cinematic View of Contemporary Women’s Issues

Course Coordinator: Julio Szmuilowicz

Friday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: October 28, November 25, 2016, January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, and May 26, 2017

Fees: $315

Preregistration is required.

Registration limited to 50 participants.

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.
Anais Nin

No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor.
Betty Friedan

The sexual life of adult women is a “dark continent” for psychology.
Sigmund Freud

The recent controversy about race in the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with films about African Americans, directed or acted by them being passed over for nominations, hid another fact: in the last 88 years of the Oscar era, only four women have ever been nominated (Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties, Jane Campion for The Piano, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker) and only one (Bigelow) has won the award. In that time, 87 men have won the award!

This is a reflection of the fact that women directors working on the top 250 grossing films of 2012 accounted for only 9% of all directors, an increase in 4 percentage points from 2011. Women represented only 15% of writers, 17% of executive producers, 20% of editors, 4% of cinematographers, and 25% of producers. This cannot be a reflection of popularity or talent since there are indeed many women actors who win Oscars for acting!

To be sure, there are many forces determining the opportunities, the education and the skill of anyone toiling in the entertainment business. However, given the enormity of the disparity, there must be unconscious forces that could explain it. For example, is it possible that women are seen as less popular or less accomplished than men and are as a consequence perceived as lesser “draws” than men? Could it be that equality has not permeated this so far almost exclusively male bastion? Is it that they cannot contain the projections of the cinema going public because they are seen as more passive than the “active” men directors?

To illustrate and understand the topic, seven films will be screened on a Friday, commencing promptly at 19:30 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 28, 2016 Rex Collins A Question of Silence (1982, 92 mins)
Marleen Gorris (Director)
November 25, 2016 Betty Kershner Advantageous (2015, 90 mins)
Jennifer Phang (Director)
January 27, 2017 Alex Gold
Julio Szmuilowicz
Vision (2009, 110 mins)
Margarethe von Trotta (Director)
February 24, 2017 Barrie Wilson
Linda Reeser
Mona Lisa Smile (2003, 100 mins)
Mike Newell (Director)
March 31, 2017 Ruhi Tuzlak Lovely and Amazing (2001, 91 mins)
Nicole Holofcener (Director)
April 28, 2017 Arthur Caspary Lost in Translation (2003, 101 mins)
Sofia Coppola (Director)
May 26, 2017 Robert Winer The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015, 102 mins)
Marielle Heller (Director)

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and appreciate the work of women directors and their understanding of women’s issues.
  2. Compare and contrast the treatment of the topic by men and women.
  3. Try to explain why there are so few women directors and women screenwriters acknowledging the differing opportunities and considering that men view women’s work differently than they do men’s.

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Julio Szmuilowicz

Julio Szmuilowicz, MD, Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Faculty, TPS&I.

Rex Collins

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

Betty Kershner*

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.

Alex Gold*

Alexander Gold* BA, B.S.W., Jack of many trades, inveterate and knowledgeable film lover and former Bilingual Counsellor for the Kids Help Phone Line.

Barrie Wilson*

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

Ruhi Tuzlak*

Ruhi Tuzlak, MBA, Executive Member of the Society for the Advancement of Clinical Social Work of Toronto; Adult Education Specialist, Occupational Health and Safety Professional, Toronto District School Board.

Arthur Caspary

Arthur C. Caspary, PhD, C.Psych. Psychoanalyst in Private Practice.. Faculty, Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Faculty, TPS&I.

Robert Winer*

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

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available. This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

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