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Ian Grey <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 9 Jul 2002 10:08:52 -0400
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I'd say PEEPING TOM is the most comprehensive and empathetic of pysh films.

Yes, the unwell person in question is a monster, but we get a diagnosis
(scoptophilia) and, more importantly, we see how he was made into a monster
by familial torture. And most disturbingly, one is urged to imagine what a
fine, sweet person this would be were it not for the predations of his

Of course, in HMO America, behaviorism has lost its value as a profit
center, and so the film must not be Untrue.

> HI Jamie and fellow Screen-L folk,
> Also from Rutgers is Otto Wahl's Media Madness: Public Images of mental
> illness (1997) and just for context Sander Gilman's Seeing the Insane
> about images in general and historical stuff.  Gilman's got a funny
> story about how all his pics in the book are on the back wall of the
> psychiatrist's office in the film French Lieutenant's Woman that I
> heard him tell at a conf. once, so that reminds me that the film is
> worth checking out.
> Also, forwarding your query to the Disability Studies in the Humanities
> Listserv and asking them to write you directly.
> Best,
> JC
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