BPSI Off the Couch: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

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Below are the remarks from the May 15, 2018 “Off the Couch” viewing of “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” with Phillip Freeman, MD, DMH, Member of BPSI. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, regularly a feature on the top ten lists of greatest westerns ever made, does not even have a definitive final print. Sam Peckinpah engaged in a fight to the death with MGM,...

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BPSI Off the Couch: The Insult

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Below are the remarks from the February 20, 2018 “Off the Couch” viewing of The Insult with Mary Anderson, PhD, MTS, MFA, Member of BPSI. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha, winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival), a Palestinian...

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BPSI Off the Couch: The Death of Stalin

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Below are the remarks from the March 20, 2018 “Off the Couch” viewing of The Death of Stalin with Alistair McKnight, PsyaD, LMHC , Member of BPSI. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops...

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The Imperfect is Our Paradise

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The following piece was originally printed in the Fall/Winter 2017 edition of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here. She seems to hide in the white collar of her pink wool coat as she enters the office, head down, shoulders scrunched. A copy of Sylvia Plath poetry sticks out of her bag. Everything about her tells me she has not had a good night’s sleep. She probably hasn’t eaten either. I do not mention these things. Instead, I say a big...

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BPSI Off the Couch: Phantom Thread

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Below are the remarks from the January 16, 2018 “Off the Couch” viewing of Phantom Thread with Randall Paulsen, MD, Psychoanalyst Member of BPSI.  “Off the Couch” is part of a decades long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. Phantom Thread is set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London. Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing...

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Self Disclosures
& Unknown Passions

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My Psychoanalytic Journey Through Musical Theater Cary Friedman, MD The following piece was originally printed in the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here. When I was four years old, I am told, I performed the song “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” from the Broadway musical My Fair Lady for family and friends with a perfect cockney accent. As I grew older, however, and shyness set in (or neurotic conflicts emerged),...

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