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

By David Coleman

In the earlier few a long time, information of bipolar disease has considerably elevated, yet figuring out of the situation continues to be imprecise for many of most people. even though the time period itself is comparatively fresh, the has affected members for centuries—and not more profoundly than within the arts. The historic connections between manic melancholy and such fields as literature, tune, and portray were formerly documented. although, the impression of bipolar affliction on motion picture makers and its depiction at the display has but to be completely tested.

In The Bipolar convey: 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 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 seems to be at videos that experience portrayed bipolar disorder—with various levels of accuracy—including Citizen Kane, Rebel with out 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 movies of this present day, this ebook compares depictions of temper swings on monitor with scientific examples of exact manic melancholy, rigorously distinguishing actual from stereotypical portrayals. This interesting examine is augmented by means of a concise filmography of greater than four hundred feature-length movies from world wide with subject matters or characters in terms of manic depressive affliction. although geared toward movie lovers and somebody attracted to manic melancholy, psychological ailment, or comparable clinical reports, this publication also will end up worthwhile to scientific and psychological future health professionals.

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