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A portrait of dementia

Lindsay Ripley Dallas, Texas, United States   Photo by Thulfiqar Ali on Unsplash A few months ago, I watched The Father, a film with Olivia Colman in a main role and Anthony Hopkins as the titular father. Hopkins plays Anthony, a character who bears Hopkins’ own name because writer and director Florian Zeller wrote the […]

Movie review: Kings Row – assassins in white coats

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden     “Above all, I must not play God.” — Revised Hippocratic Oath2   Artificial limb factory in Rome: six women working at benches, one using a sewing machine, and one stitching the back of a full-length leg, used in reference to Drake’s fate in the film. Photo by Studio Leonardi, […]

Movie review: Pressure Point – treating the hateful patient

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   “You sing ‘My country ’tis of thee’ while they walk all over you.” — The patient, Pressure Point   German American Bund rally (1938 or 1939). From “Battle of the United States”, produced by Army Information Branch, Army Pictorial Service, Air Forces, and Navy Department in cooperation with all united […]

Movie review: The Hospital, “the wounded madhouse of our times”

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden Protesters in San Francisco. Photo by Rdmsf01. Via Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 4.0.   “Where do you train your nurses, Mrs. Christie, Dachau?” — Dr. Herbert Bock, The Hospital   The Hospital (1971) is a devastating satire about American medicine in the second half of the twentieth century. We see the functioning […]

Movie review: No Way Out

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   A lumbar puncture being performed. Brainhell, 2006. Via Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 3.0. The more things change, the more they stay the same. – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808–1890)   No Way Out is a 1950 movie about medicine and racism that deserves more attention than it has received. The story takes […]

Sign Gene: the first deaf superhero film

Paul Dakin North London, United Kingdom   Sign Gene, the world’s first deaf superhero film. Written and directed by Emilio Insolera. Image published with permission. If the superhero genre really is “about transformation, about identity, about difference,”1 then the description can readily be applied to Sign Gene, the world’s first deaf superhero film. Written and […]