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DATE: 1930

LENGTH: 12 min

CATEGORY: Clinical & Surgical, Research & Documentation, Silent, Black & White

PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: James D. Page, University of Rochester School of Medicine


Shot with only a stationary camera, this film records eighteen patients in scenes of 15 to 45 seconds. The inmates, white adults of both sexes, stand or sit, mostly outdoors, at a red-brick institution with porches and well-kept lawns. This is not the closed, Dantesque world of The Snake Pit (1948)… Each patient performs a single symptom. Extravagant bodily symptoms predominate: gestures, tics, and postures…Read The Essay

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