1. Films can be typed according to genre. In which categories would
you put this film?
B. Mystery / Crime-and-Detective Story
C. Comedy / Romantic Comedy / Sex Comedy
D. Science Fiction
F. Drama / Melodrama
I. Psychological Thriller
M. Social Problem
2. With which character, if any, did you find yourself identifying or
feeling empathy for?
3. Is this a film that tries to be realistic or to portray fantasies
4. Which of the following film techniques are emphasized in this film
to create a certain attitude or emotion in the viewer?
A Camera Techniques
High or low angle shots
Fast or slow panning / Fast or slow motion
Colors, day vs night, shadows
Distortion, out-of-focus shots / tight focus
Parallel action shots
B. Script Techniques
Embodied & disembodied voice-over
Use of written material on screen
Showing inner perceptions & dreams
Use of a single character or object to link story together
Use of narrator
C. Ancillary Techniques
Music (type, speed, loudness, instrumental vs voice, familiar vs unfamiliar) (when used)
5. Using the list of stereotypes of people with mental illness, which ones are emphasized in this film and what does the film use to create the image? Remember there may be more than one stereotype for a given character and there may be more than one person with mental illness in the film.
A. REBELLIOUS FREE SPIRIT - eccentric - nonconformist
B. HOMICIDAL MANIAC
C. ENLIGHTENED MEMBER OF SOCIETY - more sane than "normal" people
D. NARCISSISTIC PARASITE - Self-centered attention seeker
E. ZOO SPECIMEN - so bizarre - cannot identify with them as fellow humans
F. SEDUCER - especially women
G. POSSESSED - under the control of supernatural forces
6. Most often the film turns on the etiology of mental illness. Does
this film use any of the following stereotypes in describing
the "cause" of the current problem?
A Trauma in the past
B. Schizophrenogenic parent
C. Inappropriate diagnosis in the past
D.. Inappropriate treatment in the past
E. Poverty / Environmental stress
7. What do the actors say and do to convey the idea of mental illness?
8. Does this film present a sympathetic or unsympathetic portrayal of:
A Persons with mental illness
B Mental health professionals
C Inpatient & outpatient settings for treatment of mental illness
9. Films often use the Mental Health professional as a plot mechanism.
Which of the following ways were used in this film?
A. As a ficelle (originally the strings that the puppeteer uses to manipulate the puppet) - to move the plot along
(cf. the way a one sided telephone conversation can be used)
1. To expound upon & represent one or another ideological stance
2. As the device to uncover dark secrets & hidden motivations
3. To simplify complicated motivations & behavior for the audience
4. To allow for character development
B. As a main character in the plot - either professionally or personally
10. Mental health professionals are often presented as stereotypical
characters. Using the table of stereotypes of the
Psychiatrist,which ones are emphasized in this film and what does the film use to create the image? Remember
there may be more than one stereotype for a given character and there may be more than one professional in the film.
|ATTRIBUTE||GOOD PSYCHIATRIST||BAD PSYCHIATRIST|
|Faceless||Cures by presence||Ineffectual|
|Active||Effective / Caring||Manipulative, Criminal or Vindictive|
|Oracular||Omniscient: Good Detective||Arrogant / Misguided|
|Social Agent||Reconciling||Repressive / Malevolent|
|Eccentric||Human & Fallible||Neurotic & Ridiculous|
|Sexual||Healing lover||Exploitative lecher or Libidinous clown|
11. Just as mental health professionals are often one-dimensional characters,
so to is mental health treatment.
Which, if any, of the stereotypical versions of the following treatment forms are used in this film?
A. The cathartic cure / Reliving traumatic event
B. Blaming then forgiving parents
C.. Electroconvulsive therapy
G. Hydrotherapy / Lukewarm tubs / Cold Packs
H. Psychotropic Medications
J. Milieu therapy
K. Commonsense Advice as therapy
L. Behavior Modification Techniques
M. Body Work / Massage / Gestalt Techniques
N. Dream Analysis & Interpretation
12.. Which other films seen so far were similar to this one in their
A. Patient stereotypes
B. Stereotypes of Mental Health Professionals
D. Other treatments
E. Mental Hospitals
13. In what ways was this film different from the others you have seen
14. What do you think are the overall effects of this film on the public
attitudes toward the mentally ill, mental health treatment,
and mental health professionals?
15. Some therapists use books and films as resources for their patients
to help them understand their illness and the therapy
process or to gain some sense of not being "crazy" or "the only one with this." If you were a therapist, is this a film you
might think of using? Why or why not?