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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Reel Deal - Spellbound

Sunday, February 9, 2014
1:00- 3:00 PM
Bloomfield Twp. Library
Corner of Telegraph & Lone Pine Rd.

• Psychoanalyst: Charles Burch, PhD
• Director’s Chair: Brian Murphy, PhD Prof Emeritus - Oakland University
• Moderator: Jolyn Wagner, MD – Psychoanalyst, Co-Chair: Reel Deal Film Committee

The Reel Deal is proud to open the 2014 film season with Hitchcock’s masterpiece Spellbound, where Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck zig-zag over the boundaries in their patient-analyst relationship in ways that only Hitchcock could contrive; and the Salvador Dali dream sequence is amazing.

This is the first classic cinema subject for the Reel Deal that we anticipate will be just the beginning for us to explore past generations of wonderful films together. Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1945 film, Spellbound, provides a rich canvas upon which the complicated relationship between psychoanalytic concepts and film are portrayed. It is one of the rare films identifying psychoanalysis as a central theme.

This two hour program utilizes the film to explore the profound impact of traumatic experiences in childhood and to illustrate the classical concepts of uncovering and working through repressed, painful memories and the associated affects which remain a cornerstone of psychoanalytic therapy. The uncovering work is central to the film’s psychological focus.

A film theorist will discuss Hitchcock’s ability to visually represent the experience of trauma (including amnesia and dissociative states) and a psychoanalyst will discuss the application of such concepts in current psychoanalytic practice.

By the end of this program participants will:
1. Become familiar with the use of symbolic representation in dreams and the limitations of symbols in terms of their explanatory power.
2. Differentiate amnesic states from repression as a protective defense.
3. Recognize that therapeutic recovery combines both technical interventions and the context of a healing relationship.