Psychoanalysis and the Arts

Harry and Tonto – A Film Analysis with Nathan M. Simon, MD

Harry and TontoCommentary on the movie by Nathan M. Simon, MD.  Originally produced for the Celluloid Couch series of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.

A wonderful and wondrous film, rich in emotional, psychological, developmental issues.  Themes ranging from Gilgamesh and Enkidu to mortality and mourning to the relationships between men and women are all interwoven through the story.

Released in 1974, Harry and Tonto is the story of a 72-year-old widower who, accompanied by his cat, goes on a cross-country journey to resolve a personal crisis.  Art Carney won an Oscar for his poignant portray of Harry.



Nathan M. Simon, MD, is a member of the Faculty of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and is former director of the Institute’s Schiele Clinic.