Beverly Hills, CA (rushprnews) June 4, 2007 â€” A psychiatristâ€™s couch, a primitive metal sanitarium bed and dozens of film clips will be among the attractions in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesâ€™ new interactive multimedia exhibition, â€œMovies on the Mind: Psychology and Film since Sigmund Freud,â€ opening on Friday, June 15, in the Academyâ€™s Fourth Floor Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.
Making its only American stop on a multicity international tour, â€œMovies on the Mindâ€ will explore the interconnections between film and psychology, as well as survey the history of motion pictures from a psychological perspective. The exhibition will also delve into on-screen depictions of such subjects as psychoanalysis, mental illness, psychopathic behavior, dreams and their interpretation, repression and memory, narcissism and identity, and the expression of emotional extremes.
Organized in celebration of Freudâ€™s 150th birthday (2006), the exhibition uses posters, photographs, staged environments and numerous film clips to illustrate its points. Sequences are drawn from films ranging from Jean Cocteauâ€™s â€œOrphÃ©eâ€ and Ingmar Bergmanâ€™s â€œPersonaâ€ to several works by Alfred Hitchcock (â€œPsycho,â€ â€œMarnie,â€ â€œSpellboundâ€) and Woody Allen (â€œAnnie Hall,â€ the â€œOedipus Wrecksâ€ episode from â€œNew York Storiesâ€). The exhibition examines pathologies represented in such horror films as â€œDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydeâ€ (1931) and â€œThe Silence of the Lambs,â€ and it showcases more recent psychologically oriented films, including â€œBeing John Malkovichâ€ and â€œEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.â€
â€œMovies on the Mindâ€ was organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek and sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. The presentation at the Academy was made possible through the support of the Goethe Institut-Los Angeles.
â€œMovies on the Mindâ€ will be on display through Sunday, September 16. The Academyâ€™s galleries, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The Academy will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 (Independence Day) as well as during the Labor Day holiday weekend â€“ Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org/events.
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