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THROUGH JANUARY 14
As the reaction to the Library of Congress’ “Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture” exhibit reveals, the father of psychoanalysis (pictured) is no less controversial today than he was a century ago. Even those who consider the Viennese psychiatrist an utter fraud, however, must concede that his influence has been widespread. The extent to which Freud has shaped popular culture is demonstrated by this series, which spans such early films as 1904’s The Escaped Lunatic; counterculture favorites like King of Hearts (shown together, Oct. 21); Ingrid Bergman as Gregory Peck’s shrink in Hitchcock’s Spellbound, with dream sequences by Salvador Dali (Oct. 22); such creepy cinematic perennials as Michael Powell’s voyeuristic Peeping Tom (Nov. 18) and Jack Clayton’s repressed The Innocents (Dec. 8); and modern interpretations of pre-Freudian classics like Laurence Olivier’s 1948 version of Hamlet (Oct. 29). The series includes many piquant double bills, including 1903’s The Hypnotist’s Revenge with Woody Woodpecker: Hypnotic Hick (both Nov. 4), the surrealist two-pack of Luis Bu§uel and Dali’s Un Chien Andalou with David Lynch’s indelibly oddball Eraserhead (both Nov. 5); and Dr. Dippy’s Sanitarium with Popeye: Psychiatricks (Jan. 7). Manifesting an obsessiveness that Freud might have found interesting, the organizers of this program even found an apt Get Smart episode, “All in the Mind” (Dec. 2). Screenings are at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress in the Madison Building’s Mary Pickford Theater, 1st & Independence Ave. SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Mark Jenkins)