Sunday, March 01, 2009

Joanne Woodward plays the patient Eve then Sybil's doctor

The Three Faces of Eve is a 1957 book and film, loosely based on the true story of Chris Costner Sizemore, a woman who suffered from dissociative identity disorder.

The film stars Joanne Woodward, David Wayne, Lee J. Cobb, Nancy Kulp and Alistair Cooke.

Woodward — at the time a relative unknown in Hollywood — won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and later went on to play Dr. Cornelia Wilbur in the film Sybil.

Sally Field starred in the title role, with Joanne Woodward playing the part of Sybil's psychiatrist, Cornelia B. Wilbur. Based on the book Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber, the movie dramatizes the life of a shy young graduate student, Sybil Dorsett (in real life, Shirley Ardell Mason), suffering from dissociative identity disorder as a result of the psychological trauma she suffered as a child.

Psycho & Films about mental illness

Psycho is a 1960 suspense/thriller directed by auteur Alfred Hitchcock, from the screenplay by Joseph Stefano about a psychotic killer. It is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. It starred Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh as one of his victims.

The film's popularity has made it a common reference in popular culture.

Psycho has become one of the most recognizable films in cinema history, and is arguably Hitchcock's most well-known film. The iconic shower scene is frequently spoofed, given homage to and referenced in popular culture, complete with the violin screeching sound effects.

Films about mental illness

Hitchcockian Stuff

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a British filmmaker and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In 1956 he became an American citizen while retaining his British citizenship.

Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. He remains one of the best-known and most popular filmmakers of all time.

Radio adaptation of Gaslight

Gaslight is a 1940 film based on Patrick Hamilton's play Gas Light (1938). It was released in the United States under the title Angel Street so that audiences would not confuse it with MGM's 1944 version, though both had essentially the same plot. The 1944 cinema Gaslight was released in England under the title The Murder in Thornton Square.

This 1944 version of the story was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and eighteen-year-old Angela Lansbury in her screen debut. This remake had a larger scale and budget and lends a different feel to the material.

Gas Light the play was an immense hit on its release, and it remains one of the longest-running non-musicals in Broadway history. It remains a perennial favourite with both repertory and amateur theatre companies.

From the film's title, "gaslighting" acquired the meaning of ruthlessly manipulating an individual, for nefarious reasons, into believing something other than the truth.

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