David Wrench



Streaming Media


All-University Conference, Portland State University


1 hour 9 minutes

Original Description

David Wrench was Professor of Psychology and Urban Studies at Portland State University. Dr. Wrench discusses the film The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) from a social-psychological viewpoint, in contrast to the moralistic view of the other conference speakers. He sees history and psychology as closely related which has led to his special interest in psycho-history. His comments include a discussion of how people distort their perceptions of history, and the differences shown in human responses to authority and group pressure.


Dr. Wrench of PSU commented on the film The Sorrow and the Pity, at Session No. 5 of the All-University Conference at Portland State University in 1974.

Transferred and preserved by Portland State University Library’s Special Collections with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.


Film criticism -- France -- History, Social Psychology

Original Format

Reel to reel, 3.75 ips, 1/4 track, mono


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Transcript added November 20, 2020.

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