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 to immersions into the inner workings of psychiatric institutions to explorations of the therapist-patient relationship both serious and satiric, 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 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...