The Bipolar Express: Manic Depression and the Movies

The Bipolar Express: Manic Depression and the Movies

David Coleman


In the prior few many years, know-how of bipolar ailment has considerably elevated, yet realizing of the situation continues to be imprecise for many of most of the people. even though the time period itself is comparatively contemporary, the has affected participants for centuries—and not more profoundly than within the arts. The old connections between manic melancholy and such fields as literature, track, and portray were formerly documented. notwithstanding, the effect of bipolar ailment on motion picture makers and its depiction at the monitor has but to be completely tested.

In The Bipolar convey: Manic melancholy and the Movies, David Coleman offers an in-depth exam of the entwined natures of temper problems and moviemaking. during this quantity, Coleman looks on the writers, administrators, and actors who've confronted the temper swings and behaviour which are hallmarks of this condition—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 videos that experience portrayed bipolar disorder—with various levels of accuracy—including Citizen Kane, Rebel and not using a Cause, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Aviator, and Silver Linings Playbook.

From early silents of the 20 th century via severely acclaimed motion pictures of this present day, this e-book compares depictions of temper swings on display with scientific examples of tangible manic melancholy, rigorously distinguishing actual from stereotypical portrayals. This attention-grabbing examine is augmented via a concise filmography of greater than four hundred feature-length motion pictures from worldwide with issues or characters in terms of manic depressive affliction. although aimed toward movie fanatics and somebody drawn to manic melancholy, psychological ailment, or comparable scientific reviews, this booklet also will turn out worthy to scientific and psychological overall healthiness professionals.

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