This adult education film course will take place every Tuesday between 7-9pm at the Community Room in Crouch End Picturehouse, starting Tue 1 Mar 2022.

Tickets purchased are valid for the whole 6-week course. 

Tuesdays, from 1 Mar - 5 Apr 2022, at 7pm

Lecturer: Alfie Brown


From the Marx Brothers and Chaplin, who emerged in the same era as Freud himself, through Woody Allen and Peter Sellars to American Pie and the peak arthouse cinema of the 2010s, comedy has always been about desires, love, anxiety and mistakes. It has also been influenced and inspired, at every turn, by psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis - at its root - is the study of feelings, mistakes and impulses - the very material of comedy. What happens when things go wrong (when they 'slip')? This course looks at the history of comedy (of errors) on film, and explores what our hilarious mistakes show us about our desires, identities and ourselves.


Week One:

Film: The Marx Brothers, Duck Soup (1943)


Week Two:

Film: Clive Donner, What's New Pusssycat? (1965)


Week Three:

Film: Mel Brooks, High Anxiety (1977)


Week Four:

Film: Joel and Ethan Coen, Raising Arizona (1987)


Week Five:

Film: Frank Oz, What About Bob? (1991)


Week Six:

Film: Paul Thomas Anderson, Punch-Drunk Love (2002)


Dr Alfie Bown is a Lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, The Independent, Paris Review and other places. He teaches digital media and film and has written several books on psychoanalysis.


For any questions regarding this course, please email [email protected]

  • Release Date :
  • 01 Mar 2022
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