“Alms for Oblivion” : Memory, Desire and Mortality in 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

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On January 17th, 2017, BPSI screened 20th Century Women at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The film went on to receive the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The following essay is adapted from remarks delivered after the screening. Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D.   Mike Mills’s semi-autobiographical film, 20th Century Women, is about more than the gender and time period suggested by the title.  It tells the story of a teenage boy being raised...

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Dreaming Together and Apart in LA LA LAND

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On Tuesday December 20th, BPSI screened  LA LA LAND at the Coolidge Corner Theater, as part of it’s monthly Off the Couch series. The following was adapted from remarks delivered following the screening.   Benjamin Herbstman, MD, MHS   Thank you for joining us tonight for this achingly beautiful film, and thanks for sticking around for the discussion.  I’d like to take about 10 minutes to talk about how film,...

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BPSI Off the Couch: MOONLIGHT

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Find out what what said about MOONLIGHT at November’s Off the Couch.   Moonlight: Talk for Off the Couch by Judith A. Yanof First, a bit of background:  Moonlight is an independent film, written and directed by Barry Jenkins.  It is the second feature film by this 36 year-old writer/director. The story is taken and adapted from an unproduced play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”  The story is set...

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BPSI Off the Couch: SNOWDEN

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Did you miss Rodrigo Barahona’s discussion of SNOWDEN at The Coolidge Theatre on Tuesday, September 20, 2016? Read below to see what got the conversation started:     If this film were on my couch, these are the words that would come to my mind as I listened to its story: Idealization Voyeurism Exhibitionism Boundaries Privacy The...

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On the Set of Freud’s Office

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By Phillip Freeman, MD, DMH The excerpt below comes from a paper given at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts, on the occasion of its production of the Mark St. Germain play Freud’s Last Session, about an encounter between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis. Following the excerpt is a brief article describing and suggested by the discussion that followed the paper.   An excerpt from “Dramatizing Ideas in Mark St. Germain’s...

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An “Off the Couch” Discussion of the Film Her (2013)

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This film plays with the way we experience being “known” by someone else, being intimate, being intruded upon, having our personality invaded.     A word about Spike Jonze’s work: If you have seen Being John Malkovich (1999) or Adaptation (2002), you recognize in this “science fiction romantic comedy-drama” what Liam Lacey calls the “lonely guy genre.”   We have our basic socially awkward nerd. Like all the...

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