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Psyche & Muse Penny Theater

The Beinecke Library is pleased to announce an iPad installation of film clips highlighting writers, artists, and works featured in the current exhibition Psyche & Muse: Creative Entanglements with the Science of the Soul. Located on the ground floor of the Library, the installation includes archive materials from the Beinecke collections such as: home movie footage of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas from the Stein-Toklas Papers (Watch: Home movie of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (France, [1927])); Richard Wright screen tests for the role of Bigger in Native Son from the Richard Wright Papers (Watch: Richard Wright’s Screen test for Native Son); and a recently discovered silent film, Monkey’s Moon, produced in 1929 by Pool Films, the film production company of writers Kenneth Macpherson, Bryher, and poet H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) (Watch: Pool Productions film Monkey’s Moon, 1929).

Addition film clips include Freud family home movies from the Library of Congress and an interview with C. G. Jung. Examples of exhibition-related popular films are also included, such as the 1962 film of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night and the film version of Moss Hart’s musical about psychoanalysis, Lady in the Dark, starring Ginger Rogers.

Audio clips related to writers and works featured in Psyche & Muse can be accessed via cell phone. To hear the following brief audio files, dial 203.672.4380 followed by the designated number:

F. Scott Fitzgerald reading John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale” (1:45 minutes). Press 21 #

F. Scott Fitzgerald reading from John Masefield's "On Growing Old” (ca. 1 minute). Press 23 #

F. Scott Fitzgerald reading from William Shakespeare’s Othello (2:45 minutes). Press 22 #

Sigmund Freud, BBC Interview, 1938 (ca. 2:00 minutes). Press   18 #

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), reading from, Helen in Egypt (1:25 minutes). Press 20 #

Eugene O’Neill, reading from Long Day’s Journey into Night (0:25 seconds). Press 17 #

Jack Spicer, reading “Psychoanalysis, an Elegy” (2:50 minutes). Press 19 #

Gertrude Stein, reading from The Making of Americans (ca. 5:30 minutes). Press 24 #

Excerpt from The Theatre Guild on Air production of Lady in the Dark, by Moss Hart, adapted for radio by Philip Lewis, 1947. Press 25 #


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