The Kansas City Public Library begins Searching the Psyche through Cinema – an annual film series in its fourth year – with a special screening of Vertigo (1958) on Sunday, February 15, at 1 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center with UMKC, this unique film series takes as its theme Love & Obsession – following each screening with a discussion that pairs cinema and psychoanalytic experts for an examination of how celluloid gets under our skin and into our psyche.
Vertigo is an unquestioned classic that is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most closely studied films due in part to its psychological complexity. James Stewart stars as a detective suffering from a paralyzing fear of heights. When he’s hired to follow Kim Novak, Stewart is drawn out of his comfortable role as observer and into a web of intrigue, mingled with his own obsessions and fears.
The post-discussion will be led by film professor Tom Poe from UMKC and psychoanalyst Marilyn N. Metzl, Ph.D.
Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online . Free parking is also available.
The series continues with Repulsion (1965) on Sunday, March 15; Heavenly Creatures (1994) on Sunday, April 19; and concludes with Lolita (1962) on Sunday, May 17.