Upcoming Documentary Screening on Groundbreaking Psychoanalyst Dr. Bernard Bail

By Phil K. RSS Mon, October 23, 2023

And Now, Love (2019), the award-winning feature documentary, chronicles the amazing life of renowned psychoanalyst Dr. Bernard Bail, an important Philadelphian and Temple Medical School graduate. The Free Library's Education, Philosophy, and Religion Department will hold a screening and discussion of the film on Wednesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. at Parkway Central Library.

And Now, Love profiles Dr. Bail's life as a highly decorated Jewish WWII Veteran who was captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in a German hospital, where he began a clandestine affair with his German nurse — who introduced him to a spiritual love that became the guiding light for his life and career. Determined to understand why pure love is so often unattainable, he became a doctor and then a psychoanalyst who revolutionized the psychoanalytic process continuing where Freud stopped — pioneering a theory that advocates for the equality of women and pinpoints the origins of mental illness.


Man receiving Air Force medal pinned to lapel


Air Force soldiers in black-and-white


In the film, Dr. Bail himself, who was 96 at the time of the filming, relays his personal journey of courage and determination — fighting his way out of a Depression-era Philadelphia immigrant ghetto, across the skies of war-torn Europe, and through psychoanalytic institutes that were resistant to his new ideas about ending mental suffering. The film also captures the beautiful love story between Dr. Bail and his widow, Cynthia Marks, who was over 30 years his junior; he was 92 when they met. Finally, And Now, Love is an inspirational life story about, loss, resilience, spirituality, and the triumph of love to heal all.

The screening of And Now, Love (narrated by Emmy winner Peter Coyote) will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jill Demby Guest, and Dr. Bail's widow, Cynthia Marks. Marks oversees the Holistic Psychoanalytic Foundation, whose mission is to continue to provide access to the information regarding Dr. Bail’s work as the key to unlocking change and healing the planet through finding love.

For more about the program, check out the Free Library's events listing. Additional details about the film can be found on the film's website.

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