The Woody Donovan Memorial Film Program

The Woody Donovan Memorial Film Program

This Film Program was established to honor the memory of Woodrow Donovan.  It is both a tribute to our friend and colleague and an annual offering at SFCP, dedicated to film and its psychoanalytic understanding. 

Woody Donovan M.D. was a graduate of SFCP. He was a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist and the past president of SFIPP, a provisional IPA institute.  He was a founding member of the San Francisco Cinema and Psychoanalysis Study Group along with Diane Borden Ph.D., and taught courses with Dr. Borden.     

Featured Film: ZELIG, directed by Woody Allen (1983).

ZELIG, set in the 1920’s and 30’s, is the story of the rise and fall Leonard Zelig (played by Woody Allen), a man with a remarkable ability to transform himself to fit in with those around him.  The “ultimate conformist,” (as described by Bruno Bettelheim appearing as himself), his treatment by and relationship with his psychiatrist (Mia Farrow) is central to the film.

Vincent Canby wrote: “…”Zelig” is not only pricelessly funny, it’s also, on occasion, very moving. It works simultaneously , as social history, as a love story, as an examination of several different kinds of film narrative, as satire and as parody….”Zelig” is a nearly perfect – and perfectly original—Woody Allen comedy.” (NY Times, July 17, 1983.)

Film Discussant: Diane Borden Ph.D.: “Celebrity, Subjectivity and Psychoanalytic Spectatorship in Woody Allen’s ZELIG”

Diane Borden Ph.D. is Professor of Film and Literature and Director of Film Studies, University of the Pacific.  She has published several books, numerous papers and book chapters and presented internationally on cinema and psychoanalysis.

Moderator and Chair: Abbot Bronstein Ph.D.
Date: October 26, 2013  2-5:30 pm
Location: SFCP Auditorium
     $20 students
Light refreshments will be served.

Event committee:
     Abbot Bronstein Ph.D.., Chair
     Walt Beckman, Ph.D.
     Claudette Heisler, Ph.D.
     Catherine Mallouh, M.D.
     Kyra Minninger, M.D.

The film will be shown followed by the paper and discussion with the audience.

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