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    Screening and Discussion of Julien Duvivier’s “Poil de Carrote”

    Friday, April 27, 2012
    7:30 PM

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and the Friends of the Abraham A. Brill Library present a film screening and discussion on the topic of “Soul Murder” as illustrated in the short novel and film Poil de Carrote. Noted psychoanalyst and scholar Dr. Leonard Shengold, who coined the term “Soul Murder,” will lead the discussion following the screening.

    $10 donation
    RSVP encouraged: admdir@nypsi.org

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Poil de Carrote (Carrot-Top) is an autobiographical short novel written in 1894 by the red-haired Jules Renard about his miserable childhood. It illustrates the killing of the capacity to feel joy in another human being which is one way to define what Dr. Shengold has called “soul murder,” a term well known in psychiatry because it was used as an accusation against his “persecutor” by Schreber, the paranoid subject of one of Freud’s famous case histories.

    The 1925 silent film Poil de Carrote, by director Julien Duvivier, differs a bit from the book, but is a masterpiece in itself and vividly portrays the relationship of Poil to his parents and siblings.

    Dr. Leonard Shengold is a Training Psychoanalyst and former Director of the Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical School. He is the author of many papers and eight books including Soul Murder, Soul Murder Revisited and Haunted by Parents. Dr. Shengold's books will be available and a book signing will follow the event.

    Matthew von Unwerth is Director of the Abraham A. Brill Library and author of Freud’s Requiem. He is an organizer for the NYPSI Film Series.

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