Title

History of Mental Disorders as Portrayed in Film

Presenter Information

Meagan Riggs

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 271

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Mental disorders have been present in film since the silent era, but the portrayal of characters with mental disorders gained popularity in the 1960s after the release of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. But how truthful is its depiction? Film leaves a lasting impression, and more often than not, upholds stereotypes within society. Beginning with Psycho and ending with Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Hollywood has blended different disorders together to depict tortured souls and monsters. An examination of four films indicates, that while Hollywood has been more truthful and honest in its portrayal, it will still take creative liberties in order to add more drama and depth to the disorder itself.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Michael Ogden

Additional Mentoring Department

Film and Video Studies

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History of Mental Disorders as Portrayed in Film

SURC 271

Mental disorders have been present in film since the silent era, but the portrayal of characters with mental disorders gained popularity in the 1960s after the release of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. But how truthful is its depiction? Film leaves a lasting impression, and more often than not, upholds stereotypes within society. Beginning with Psycho and ending with Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Hollywood has blended different disorders together to depict tortured souls and monsters. An examination of four films indicates, that while Hollywood has been more truthful and honest in its portrayal, it will still take creative liberties in order to add more drama and depth to the disorder itself.