Re: Documentaries/Other Films on Madness

From: Cari Machet (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Mar 12 2006 - 18:36:26 PST

a huge part of mental illness
has to do with it's treatment and mistreatment or misdiagnosis
the positioning of the mad is a huge problem in the whole schema
as i have studied about the first madhouses one of which was the
"paris salpetriere" asylum
i am well aware of the hysteria condemnation placed on many women
madness can be a product (made) of cultural domination - for that end

i can also recommend "frances"
about frances farmer
brilliantly acted by jessica lange
though the film is innaccurate at times
as she died a drunk - basically - never admitting to having had a lobotomy
it is a portrait of effective measure


On 3/12/06, Jonathan Kahana <email suppressed> wrote:
> Ken,
> I think the animated British PSAs that Adam was thinking of might be the
> ANIMATED MINDS series by Andy Glynne (2003); they're quite stunning. Paul
> Sharits comes, of course, immediately to mind; see what his son has to say
> about his work and bi-polar disorder here:
> I have to agree with Jason, by the way, about TARNATION: one learns
> nothing about mental illness from that film other than that its victims
> make for "interesting" documentary subjects. And anyway, Caouette's mother
> is apparently a victim of the *treatment* of mental illness - if one can
> call shock therapy treatment - as much as she is a person coping (or not)
> with an illness. If only Caouette had limited himself to circulating those
> great documents of obsolete home-video formats ...
> Jonathan
> > hello everyone,
> >
> > very long time, no write.
> >
> > i'm in pre-pro on an experimental doc that addresses bi-polar via 2
> > artist/activists who live with this condition and advocate for people with
> > bp and other related forms of madness.
> >
> > would appreciate any film/theoretical references anyone could offer that
> > comes to mind.
> >
> > thanks, ken
> >
> >
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