How do you portray the complex inner workings of the human mind on-screen? It’s a challenge that has long tantalized filmmakers, as seen in this wide-ranging look at some of cinema’s most fascinating explorations of neuroses, psychoses, and the art and science of psychiatry. From pop-Freudian deconstructions of criminal psychology (THE DARK PAST, THE MARK) to immersions into the inner workings of psychiatric institutions (THE COBWEB, DAVID AND LISA) to explorations of the therapist-patient relationship both serious (PRESSURE POINT, ORDINARY PEOPLE) and satiric (THE PRESIDENT’S ANALYST, THE NINTH CONFIGURATION), these films reflect the increasingly nuanced representation of psychiatry in art as well as our evolving understanding of our own minds and selves.
Directed by Rudolph Maté • 1948 • United States
Starring William Holden, Nina Foch, Lee J. Cobb
The 1940s craze for pop-Freudian psychoanalysis stories yielded this suspenseful thriller, a remake of the 1939 film BLIND ALLEY. This version features an intense performance from William Holden as a ...
Directed by Guy Green • 1961 • United Kingdom
Starring Maria Schell, Stuart Whitman, Rod Steiger
This daring drama garnered significant controversy for its frank and complex handling of a taboo subject. After his release from prison on charges of intent to commit child molestation, Jim Fuller (a...