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People like ourselves : portrayals of mental illness in the movies

Author: Jacqueline Noll Zimmerman
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, ©2003.
Series: Studies in film genres, no. 3.
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"The stigmatization of mental illness in film is well documented. Little has been written, however, about the ability of movies to portray mental illness sympathetically and accurately. People Like Ourselves: Portrayals of Mental Illness in the Movies fills that void by closely examining mental illness in more than seventy American movies, beginning with classics such as The Snake Pit and Now, Voyager and including  Read more...
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Zimmerman, Jacqueline Noll, 1948-
People like ourselves.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c2003
(OCoLC)651946504
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jacqueline Noll Zimmerman
ISBN: 0810848767 9780810848764
OCLC Number: 52311825
Description: xvii, 166 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. The price of conformity: the false self --
2. The denial of reality --
3. Hitchcock, chaos, and the devils of unreason --
4. Women who can't forget --
5. Divine madness: poets, prophets, and demons --
6. War: a battle for the mind and spirit --
7. Violence and mental illness: a good movie is hard to find.
Series Title: Studies in film genres, no. 3.
Responsibility: Jacqueline Noll Zimmerman.
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"The stigmatization of mental illness in film is well documented. Little has been written, however, about the ability of movies to portray mental illness sympathetically and accurately. People Like Ourselves: Portrayals of Mental Illness in the Movies fills that void by closely examining mental illness in more than seventy American movies, beginning with classics such as The Snake Pit and Now, Voyager and including contemporary successes such as A Beautiful Mind and As Good as It Gets. Zimmerman argues that these ground-breaking films defy stereotypes, presenting sympathetic portraits of people who are mentally ill, while at the same time advancing the moviegoing public's understanding of mental illness and providing insight into its causes, diagnosis, and treatment. More importantly, the films portray mentally ill people as ordinary people with conflicts and desires common to everyone. Like the motion pictures it examines, this fascinating book offers both insight and entertainment."--BOOK JACKET.

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People Like Ourselves should interest movie buffs and physicians looking for positive portrayals of mental illness. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association

 
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