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Beautiful dreamers

Author: John Kent HarrisonMichael MaclearMartin WaltersSally BochnerNational Film Board of Canada.All authors
Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] : Starway Films Inc. ; [Montreal, Que.] : NFB, 1990.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : National government publication   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The superintendent of the London, Ontario, insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, despairs of the treatment methods in use during the Victorian era, which consist essentially of restraint and electroshock. At a conference in Philadelphia, he makes the acquaintance of poet Walt Whitman. This meeting will radically change his life, and that of his wife and patients. Whitman, who travels to London at Bucke's invitation, has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Richard Maurice Bucke; Walt Whitman; Richard Maurice Bucke; Walt Whitman
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: John Kent Harrison; Michael Maclear; Martin Walters; Sally Bochner; National Film Board of Canada.; Starway Films Inc.
OCLC Number: 85759239
Language Note: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Credits: Camera, Franscois Protat ; editing, Ron Wisman ; sound editing, Jim Hopkins ; music, Lawrence Shragge.
Cast: Colm Feore, Rip Torn, Wendel Meldrum, Sheila McCarthy, Colin Fox, David Gardner, Tom McCamus, Barbara Gordon, Marsha Moreau, Albert Schultz.
Description: 1 videocassette (105 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Responsibility: written and directed by John Kent Harrison ; producers, Michael MacLear, Martin Walters, Sally Bochner ; Starway Films Inc. [and] National Film Board of Canada.

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The superintendent of the London, Ontario, insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, despairs of the treatment methods in use during the Victorian era, which consist essentially of restraint and electroshock. At a conference in Philadelphia, he makes the acquaintance of poet Walt Whitman. This meeting will radically change his life, and that of his wife and patients. Whitman, who travels to London at Bucke's invitation, has avant-garde ideas on the subject of mental illness, sexuality, the emotions and life in general--ideas that are also profoundly humanistic and enlightened. This film is based on historical events.

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