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Author Coleman, David, 1964-,
Title The bipolar express : manic depression and the movies / Dave Coleman.
Imprint Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]

Author Coleman, David, 1964-,
Subject Manic-depressive illness in motion pictures.
Bipolar Disorder.
Mentally Ill Persons.
Motion Pictures as Topic.
Medicine in Art.
Description xiii, 367 p. ; 24 cm.
Note Includes filmography.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-340) and index.
Contents A brief overview of manic depression and how it affects creativity -- The early cinema and mental illness -- The golden age of silent films and manic depression -- 1930s: bipolar disorder speaks at the movies -- 1940s: the effects of World War II on bipolar cinema -- 1950s: psychological realism in bipolar film depictions -- 1960s: the liberalization of manic-depressive stereotypes -- 1970s: the manic-depressive temperament defines new Hollywood -- 1980s-1990s: the burgeoning diversity of depressive expressionism -- 2000s: bipolar cinema fully emerges from lingering shadows.
Summary "In The Bipolar Express: Manic Depression and the Movies, David Coleman provides an in-depth examination of the entwined natures of mood disorders and moviemaking. In this volume, Coleman looks at the writers, directors, and actors who have faced the mood swings and behavior that are hallmarks of this condition--from Greta Garbo and Orson Welles to Marilyn Monroe and Jonathan Winters. In addition to recognizing the cinematic contributions of manic depressive filmmakers, the author also looks at movies that have portrayed bipolar disorder--with varying degrees of accuracy--including Citizen Kane, Rebel without a Cause, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Aviator, and Silver Linings Playbook. From early silents of the twentieth century through critically acclaimed films of today, this book compares depictions of mood swings on screen with clinical examples of actual manic depression, carefully distinguishing real from stereotypical portrayals. This fascinating study is augmented by a concise filmography of more than 400 feature-length films from around the world with themes or characters relating to manic depressive illness. Though aimed at film fans and anyone interested in manic depression, mental illness, or related medical studies, this book will also prove valuable to medical and mental health professionals"--Publisher's description.
ISBN 9780810891937 (hardback : alk. paper)
081089193X (hardback : alk. paper)
OCLC # 881518386
Additional Format Online version: Coleman, David, 1964- Biopolar express. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014 9780810891944.