Movies We Studied in My College Class, 'Madness in Dramatic Film'
YAY I love list requests (and @angela3950!) 🎉🎉 The class focused on cinematic representations of mental health, and at the end of each film, we would discuss whether we found the portrayals accurate, outdated, sympathetic, etc.
- •"The Madness of King George" (1994)
- •"The Snake Pit" (1948)
- •"The Lobotomist" (2008)A documentary about famous lobotomist Dr. Walter Freeman, who became popular in the 1940s for perfecting the procedure (the physician in "Frances" that demonstrates the ice-pick lobotomy is based on Walter Freeman)
- •"A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)
- •"Taxi Driver" (1976)
- •"Let There Be Light" (1946)Incredible documentary film directed by John Huston about "combat fatigue," or what we now know as PTSD. The US government suppressed the film for over 30 years because they didn't want young people being dissuaded from joining the military. I can't recommend this highly enough, so here's the link to it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/uiD6bnqpJDE
- •"Black Swan" (2010)
- •"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
- •"A Brilliant Madness" (2002)An inspiring American Experience documentary about mathematician John Nash
- •"The Hours" (2002)
- •"Lars and the Real Girl" (2007)
- •And our final had to be a research paper about a film of our choice, so I chose "Frances" (1982)As I discovered, the film was based on a fictional account of Frances Farmer's life, and the book's author had some interesting ties to the church of Scientology (which is notably anti-psychiatry). In reality, there is no record of Frances ever having had a lobotomy, yet we've held onto the film's depiction of this part of her life as irrefutable fact.