The Celluloid Couch: An Annotated International Filmography of the Mental Health Professional in the Movies and Television, from the Beginning to 1990

The Celluloid Couch: An Annotated International Filmography of the Mental Health Professional in the Movies and Television, from the Beginning to 1990

by Leslie Y. Rabkin
     
 

In this unique filmography, Leslie Rabkin delves deeply into film's "unconscious," producing a valuable reference text concerned with the history of film and its representation of therapy and mental illness. The Celluloid Couch is arranged by decade, with the exception of the earliest period, The Silent Era (from the very beginnings of film to 1920). Each

Overview

In this unique filmography, Leslie Rabkin delves deeply into film's "unconscious," producing a valuable reference text concerned with the history of film and its representation of therapy and mental illness. The Celluloid Couch is arranged by decade, with the exception of the earliest period, The Silent Era (from the very beginnings of film to 1920). Each period contains a thoughtful introduction that highlights important films and discusses the intersection of film with history and psychology. Rabkin's overview lays bare patterns in film's representation of mental illness and therapy, and inquires how contemporary stereotypes of psychiatric patients and institutions have been formed from film. Textual examples in the introduction are drawn from magazines and newspapers, as well as numerous readings of particularly important films refracted through the lens of a psychologist. The alphabetical entries are compact and inclusive, containing main titles as well as foreign listings, and detailed information such as cast, length, director, producer, and a brief synopsis of the film's plot and discussion of the forms of therapy depicted and utilized in the film. An efficient resource for the student of film, psychology, or mass culture, The Celluloid Couch makes the huge number of popular films that portray mental illness and therapy accessible.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
The author's humorous remarks are well aimed...The self-proclaimed "celluloid safari" casts a new perspective on film and its "unconscious," producing a unique reference tool with which to view this form of mass media.
American Reference Books Annual
The author's humorous remarks are well aimed...The self-proclaimed "celluloid safari" casts a new perspective on film and its "unconscious," producing a unique reference tool with which to view this form of mass media.
Viewfinder
...unique storehouse of information...Rabkin provides an overview of this enormous amount of material and highlights its links with important changes.
Columbia College Today
This compendium of 5000 films from 50 countries chronicles the best and the worst of cinema portrayals.
Classic Images
...is very much revealing of society in that entries are listed alphabetically by decade, and the longest section relates to the 1980s.
ARBA
The author's humorous remarks are well aimed...The self-proclaimed "celluloid safari" casts a new perspective on film and its "unconscious," producing a unique reference tool with which to view this form of mass media..
Booknews
Arranged by decade, entries briefly describe films that depict therapy, mental illness, and mental health professionals. Each period is introduced with an essay highlighting important films and discussing the intersection of film with history and psychology. An overview looks at patterns in film's representation of mental illness and therapy, and inquires how contemporary stereotypes of psychiatric patients and institutions have been formed in film. Entries encompass US and foreign films, and all genres, including comedy, drama, sex, documentary, and horror. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810834620
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 11.32(h) x 1.58(d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Y. Rabkin is a clinical psychologist in Seattle where he also serves as clinical professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Washington.

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