Searching the Psyche Through Cinema Analyzes Woody Allen

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For Immediate Release:
December 28, 2011
Contact: Paul Smith
816.701.3668
Searching the Psyche Through Cinema Analyzes Woody Allen

Searching the Psyche Through Cinema returns to the Kansas City Public Library for a series of film screenings followed by discussions (featuring cinema and psychoanalysis experts) examining Woody Allen, the most deliberately neurotic American filmmaker.

The series begins with Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. This romantic comedy-drama follows two American women whose summer in Spain is defined by their relationships with an artist and his unstable ex-wife. Written and directed by Allen, the film stars Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, and Penelope Cruz. Rated PG-13. (96 min.)

This post-film discussion will be led by psychoanalyst Marilyn Metzl, Ph.D.,and Julie Farstad, M.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute professor of painting.

The series continues with Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) on Sunday, January 29, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. This black comedy interweaves two stories - one deadly serious and another that is often funny, though both end in sadness. It is perhaps Allen's most successful blend of comedy and drama. Written and directed by Allen, he also stars alongside Martin Landau and Alan Alda. Rated PG-13. (104 min.)

This post-film discussion will be led by psychologist Claude Brunell, Psy.D., and Tom Poe, Ph.D., UMKC professor of communications and film studies.

The series continues with Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) on Sunday, February 5, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. This comedy-drama film tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years, beginning and ending with a communal Thanksgiving dinner. Written and directed by Allen, he also stars alongside Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, and Dianne Wiest. Rated PG-13. (103 min.) 

This post-film discussion will be led by psychoanalyst Joanne Hindman, Ph.D., and Melissa Lenos, Ph.D., DonnellyCollege professor of English and film studies.

The series concludes with Match Point (2005) on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. This dramatic thriller written and directed by Woody Allen stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson as outsiders trying to navigate their own separate ways into a rich British family - all the while resisting a mutual attraction. A deeply plotted and surprising story, Allen and critics agree it may be his best film. Rated R. (124 min.)

This post-film discussion will be led by psychoanalyst David Donovan, Ph.D., and Corey Antis, M.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute professor of painting.

Searching the Psyche Through Cinema is presented in partnership with the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.

Admission is free for all screenings.RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is also available.