European Cinema Series XVI: Psychodrama, 1972

In 2020, The 16th Annual European Cinema Conference presented Psychodrama: European Cinema in 1972

1. a form of psychotherapy in which patients act out events from their past
2. a play, movie, or novel in which psychological elements are the main interest

A range of European films from around 1972 illuminates the psychodramatic dimension of the post-68 Europe incapable of coming to terms with the month of May and the Prague Spring. The present is unsatisfying and the past distant. Acting out, performance, repetition, enclosure, retreat into self are some of the common themes.

Each year since 2003, the Film Studies cohort of five faculty has been funded by Yale’s European Studies Council to showcase a different year in…

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  • Cries and Whispers
  • Love in the Afternoon
  • My Childhood
  • The Mother and the Whore
  • Our Friends from Łodz
  • Happy End
  • La Chambre
  • The Seduction of Mimi
  • Days of '36
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Solaris
  • Eight Deadly Shots