Director: Tzachi Schiff
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: Israel, Argentina, France, USA, UK
Running Time: 67 min
Language: Hebrew, Spanish and French with English subtitles
Sponsored by: National Museum of American Jewish History
Whether your last encounter with Sigmund Freud was a slip of the tongue at the dinner table, a passing reference in a Hollywood movie, or last week’s session with your shrink, there is no doubt that the father of psychoanalysis is alive and kicking.
MORE ALIVE THAN DEAD is a clever examination of the “Freud Wars,” an ongoing debate about the veracity and effectiveness of Freud’s theories and claims. While no one would dare challenge the assertion that Freud’s influence on art, culture, and language is deeply ingrained into our collective zeitgeist, there is much contention when it comes to proving that Dr. Freud passed muster as a verifiable medical scientist. Many see Freud as an original thinker, but there are naysayers that believe he appropriated the ideas of others. Although society’s views of Freudian psychoanalysis have waned over recent decades, some scholars contend that a Freudian resurgence is on the horizon.
Accompanied by surreal animation sequences and absorbing interview segments, this light and playful documentary is a fun way to learn about one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century.
Special Guests: Jean-Michel Rabaté, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.
For Fans of: Documentaries, pop culture, psychoanalysis, psychology, sexuality, Sigmund Freud, world history
Official Selection: Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival