The Bipolar Express: Manic Depression and the Movies by David Coleman

By David Coleman

Long ago few many years, knowledge of bipolar affliction has considerably elevated, yet realizing of the situation continues to be obscure for many of most of the people. although the time period itself is comparatively contemporary, the situation has affected members for hundreds of years and less profoundly than within the arts. The old connections between manic melancholy and such fields as literature, song, and portray were formerly documented. notwithstanding, the impression of bipolar illness on motion picture makers and its depiction at the monitor has but to be completely tested.

In The Bipolar show: Manic melancholy and the Movies, David Coleman presents an in-depth exam of the entwined natures of temper problems and moviemaking. during this quantity, Coleman appears to be like on the writers, administrators, and actors who've confronted the temper swings and behaviour which are hallmarks of this from Greta Garbo and Orson Welles to Marilyn Monroe and Jonathan Winters. as well as spotting the cinematic contributions of manic depressive filmmakers, the writer additionally appears at video clips that experience portrayed bipolar affliction with various levels of accuracy together with Citizen Kane, insurgent and not using a reason, Breakfast at Tiffany s, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Aviator, and Silver Linings Playbook.

From early silents of the 20th century via severely acclaimed movies of this present day, this ebook compares depictions of temper swings on reveal with scientific examples of tangible manic melancholy, conscientiously distinguishing genuine from stereotypical portrayals. This interesting examine is augmented through a concise filmography of greater than four hundred feature-length movies from all over the world with topics or characters on the subject of manic depressive ailment. even though aimed toward movie lovers and an individual drawn to manic melancholy, psychological disorder, or similar scientific reviews, this e-book also will end up beneficial to scientific and psychological wellbeing and fitness professionals."

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How else does one account for the weird, unsettling alignment between the actual, mostly sad life of the writer and the obvious parallels in his work? Or his ruminative, hellish reviewing of slightly fictionalized variations of such horrifying events as slowly losing so many loved ones to terminal illnesses as Poe did, and as do his heroes in so many permutations throughout his stories? And when his loved ones weren’t chronically ill, he would himself fall prey to his unstable T H E E ARLY CI N E M A AN D MENTA L ILLNESS 31 mood swings.

Whether it is his personal ambition, his visionary aspects, his willingness to break the rules even as he was inventing them himself, his nervous breakdown, his defiance against powerful figures, his genius foresight to invent cinema not only once, but twice; these all are very good indicators of possible bipolarity. But they are admittedly far from clinical proof, and so the thesis must forever remain untested, in all likelihood, given the scant materials left in existence by Dickson himself addressing the specificity of his own mental well-being (even if what does exist demonstrates an evident bias toward self-inflation).

Whatever the rationale, the Edison Company surely believed the notoriety of the Bloomingdale exposé would make sense to a public endlessly fascinated by the notorious case. To reiterate this probability of bias, consider the fact that the English company that acquired the rights changed the title to Off to Bedlam Asylum (after the notorious English asylum) instead of using the American variant Bloomingdale or the original Charenton. Having witnessed the success of the American and French releases with their respective asylum references, it only made economic sense, however insensitive from today’s perspective.

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