File 2018.019.05 - Ettore Scola interview

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Ettore Scola interview

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  • October 30, 1978 (Creation)
    Sommers, Frank
    Interview conducted

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0.5 cm of textual material. - 2 photographs.

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Dr. Frank Sommers is a Toronto psychiatrist and lecturer at the University of Toronto department of Psychiatry. During his career, he has been privately practiced psycho-sexual therapy, worked at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre, and was deployed with the Canadian Forces Reserves as a military psychiatrist in Afghanistan. He has studied and spoken on disaster psychiatry,

During the Cold War, in 1979, he initiated, and in 1984 was elected Honourary and Founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Canadian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He is a founding member of the World Association of Sexology, served as the president of the Ontario District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association, and on the Executive of the Central Toronto Clinical Society, and was a delegate to the Ontario Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association councils.

Dr. Sommers was elected a Distinguished Fellow by the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations, and is recipient of the General Service Medal with ISAF bar for service with the Canadian Forces “in the presence of an armed enemy”. He is a Life Member of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and received the Ontario Medical Association Life Member Award in 2015.

He is the author and co-author of several peer reviewed articles and books, and has spoken on stress, disaster psychiatry, and mindfulness in love and sex.

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File contains a transcribed copy of an interview conducted with Italian film director Ettore Scola by Toronto Psychiatrist Dr. Frank Sommers, for Sommers' project "The Mind of the Film Director. The file also contains 2 photographs of the director on set, a description of Sommers' book project, a list of interview questions, a hand-written letter from Scola to Sommers (in italian), a type-written letter from Sommers to Scola, and a printed French language promotional publication for the 1974 Italian film Nous Nous Sommes Tant Aimés (C'eravamo Tanto Amati / We all Loved Each Other so Much), which includes an interview with Scola and Agenore Incrocci (screen play writer) about the film.

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Donated to Ryerson University Library Special Collections by Dr. Frank Sommers.


Files arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee (director).

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  • English

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