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Author Coleman, David, 1964- author

Title The bipolar express : manic depression and the movies / Dave Coleman
Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 367 pages .)
Contents A brief overview of manic depression and how it affects creativity -- The early cinema and mental illness -- The golden age of silent films and manic depression -- 1930s: bipolar disorder speaks at the movies -- 1940s: the effects of World War II on bipolar cinema -- 1950s: psychological realism in bipolar film depictions -- 1960s: the liberalization of manic-depressive stereotypes -- 1970s: the manic-depressive temperament defines new Hollywood -- 1980s-1990s: the burgeoning diversity of depressive expressionism -- 2000s: bipolar cinema fully emerges from lingering shadows
Summary "In The Bipolar Express: Manic Depression and the Movies, David Coleman provides an in-depth examination of the entwined natures of mood disorders and moviemaking. In this volume, Coleman looks at the writers, directors, and actors who have faced the mood swings and behavior that are hallmarks of this condition--from Greta Garbo and Orson Welles to Marilyn Monroe and Jonathan Winters. In addition to recognizing the cinematic contributions of manic depressive filmmakers, the author also looks at movies that have portrayed bipolar disorder--with varying degrees of accuracy--including Citizen Kane, Rebel without a Cause, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Aviator, and Silver Linings Playbook. From early silents of the twentieth century through critically acclaimed films of today, this book compares depictions of mood swings on screen with clinical examples of actual manic depression, carefully distinguishing real from stereotypical portrayals. This fascinating study is augmented by a concise filmography of more than 400 feature-length films from around the world with themes or characters relating to manic depressive illness. Though aimed at film fans and anyone interested in manic depression, mental illness, or related medical studies, this book will also prove valuable to medical and mental health professionals"--Publisher's description
Notes Includes filmography
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-340) and index
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Subject Manic-depressive illness.
Manic-depressive persons.
Mental illness in motion pictures.
Biopolar Disorder
Mentally Ill Persons.
Medicine in the Arts.
Motion Pictures.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0810891948 (electronic bk.)
9780810891944 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ;) (alk. paper)
(hardback ;) (alk. paper)
Other Titles Manic depression and the movies