Film and Mind Online: The Exterminating Angel

May 21, 2021, 7:00 - 10:15 PM

Join NCP as we take our Film and Mind series online!


Black and white photo of people standing around socializing The Exterminating Angel (1hr, 35min) is Spanish director Luis Buñuel’s 1962 macabre comedy, made during his exile in Mexico from Franco’s Spain. A group of haut-bourgeois guests attend a dinner party only to find that when the dinner is over, they are unable to leave the house of their host, for no apparent reason. Their inexplicable confinement leads to the stripping away of their "civilized" behavior, and mayhem, violence and death ensue as the ordeal drags on. The film has been interpreted in a number of ways, including vulgar (simple) psychoanalytic ones, e.g., that given the right circumstances, the veneer of civilization breaks down and people turn into the beasts that they truly are. In other words, an interpretation that relies on a reductive id-ego-supergo reference. However, this film also offers itself as a surreal depiction of Freud’s Wiederholungszwang, or compulsion to repeat. This concept, central to Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle, is of paramount importance to our understanding of, among other clinical phenomena, the negative transference and the negative therapeutic reaction. 

*Streaming is available with Amazon Prime subscription, Apple TV, and iTunes (links below)

Space is limited to 25 participants. 

Registration will be open until 4:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time. 


*** All times listed are Pacific Time (PT)

7:00 PM - 8:35 PM: Group viewing of the movie with a silent chat. We will join the Zoom meeting and press "play" simultaneously to watch the movie together. Please purchase the movie before joining the meeting. (Viewing with the group is optional. You can purchase and watch prior to this and still participate in the discussion.) No credit

8:45 PM - 10:15 PM: Discussion begins. We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the “Repetition Compulsion” and explain the centrality of its place in later Freudian metapsychology
  • Describe the multiple dimensions of social conflict dramatized in this film as they apply to the transference reality in the clinical moment as well


John Wayne, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in South Pasadena, CA. He is a member of GIFRIC (Groupe Interdisciplinaire Freudienne pour Recherches et d’Interventions Clinique et Culturelles), the California Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Quebec, the California Forum of the IF-EPFCL, Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, and the San Fernando Valley Psychological Association. He has been published in the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (Volume 7, 2012). He taught psychoanalysis at Antioch University as adjunct professor and has presented at NCP on several occasions.

Luis Alejandro Nagy, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and a computer scientist who practices in Arcadia, CA. In addition, he works as Chair of the IPA Social Media Committee and member of NCP. He serves as Board President of Rose City Center in Pasadena, CA, where he is also a supervisor and member of the Training Committee. With a special interest in films and communications, he serves as advisor to the Website Editorial Committee of the IPA and was former Chair of Communications of the Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies of Latin-America. He is a Professor and a Training Analyst at the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance and an international speaker promoting online safety and prevention through detection of pathological use of the internet in treating children and adults.

Discussion Moderator: Thomas M. Brod, MD. Dr. Brod coordinates the NCP Film & Mind Program with Apurva Shah, MD.

Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.

Level: Every level.

1.5 CE/CME Credits

$15 with CE Credit

$7 without Credit 


This is an online event. What you need to know:

  • Registration is limited to 25 people.
  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link. The Zoom link will also be sent on the day of the event after 4:30 PM
  • You can join other attendees to watch the film "together" (in your own home) at 6:45 pm and even silently comment in the Zoom Meeting “chat” function, or watch it on your own beforehand.
  • The official discussion will start at 8:45 pm in the Zoom Meeting room.
  • We cannot provide technical support for the viewing of the movie, but will be in the Zoom meeting to help facilitate the discussion.  


Where to get the movie:


"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. Sign in and sign out during the event (by typing your full name into the chat). This is how we record your attendance at the event.
  3. Wait 2 business days
  4. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  

SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE and FAMILY THERAPISTS (LCSW, LMFT, ASW, IMF, LEP, LPCC, PCCI): The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.

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