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Freud Film Festival, October 26-28

Sigmund Freud's work has certainly informed every aspect of modern culture, providing a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) sub-text for all forms of artistic expression, including film.

All films are free and open to the public.

October 26
Smith-Buonanno 106
Princess Tam-Tam (1935)
This classic stars the peerless Josephine Baker as Alwina, a Tunisian shepherdess who's brought to Paris by the nobleman (Albert Prejean) who discovers her, passing her off as royalty from India. Alwina becomes the toast of the town, but the headiness of her metamorphosis eventually gets to her, culminating in an alcohol-fueled dance that finally unleashes her true identity.

Mulholland Drive (2001)
Director David Lynch weaves a complex, mysterious tale in this story of a woman with amnesia (Laura Elena Harring) left stranded on Mulholland Drive. Alone and afraid, she is taken in by Betty (Naomi Watts), who has just arrived in Hollywood to pursue her dreams. Gradually, the two women start to put the pieces of the puzzle together... a puzzle that unravels a dark, sinister plot.

October 27
List Art Gallery 120
64 College Street
Seven Percent Solution (1976)
At the urging of his friend Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) enters a treatment program for his cocaine addiction. Not just any rehab clinic, this program is run by Sigmund Freud— and so begins a cracking good story that focuses on the synthesis of madness and genius. The amazing cast — Laurence Olivier as Holmes's nemesis Professor Moriarty, Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson, Alan Arkin as Freud — creates a unique crime-psychodrama.

Spellbound (1945)

Nominated for six Oscars, Spellbound is indisputably one of Hitchcock's finest films. Dr. Edwards (Gregory Peck) arrives at Green Manors Mental Asylum and falls for the beautiful Dr. Petersen (Ingrid Bergman). But she discovers that he's a paranoid amnesiac impostor, which leaves her (and us) wondering: what happened to the real Dr. Edwards?

October 28
Smith-Buonanno 106
Persona (1967)
To achieve more effective treatment, a nurse (Bibi Andersson) and her patient (Liv Ullmann), an actress who's lost the power of speech, check into a private cottage by the sea. Isolated from most of the rest of society, the two women become co-dependent and insanely jealous of each other. It's a case of the cure being worse than the affliction in this classic directed by Swedish master Ingmar Bergman.

Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959)
In French director Alain Resnais's poetic adaptation of Margueurite Duras's acclaimed book, a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) working in Japan meets a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) with whom she has an affair. Their relationship consists largely of conversations about the bombing at Hiroshima, the horrors that he and his family endured and her perception of the cataclysm back home in occupied France.