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The stigmatization of mental illness in film has been well
documented in literature. Little has been written, however, about
the ability of movies to portray mental illness sympathetically
and accurately. People Like Ourselves: Portrayals of Mental
Illness in the Movies fills that void with a close look at mental
illness in more than seventy American movies, beginning with
classics such as The Snake Pit and Now, Voyager and including
such contemporary successes as A Beautiful Mind and As Good as It
Gets. Films by legendary directors Billy Wilder, William Wyler,
Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese,
Francis Ford Coppola, and John Cassavetes are included. Through
the examination of universal themes relating to one's self and
society, the denial of reality, the role of women, creativity,
war, and violence, Zimmerman argues that these ground-breaking
films defy stereotypes, presenting sympathetic portraits of
people who are mentally ill, and advance the movie-going public's
understanding of mental illness, while providing insight into its
causes, diagnosis, and treatment. More importantly, they portray
mentally ill people as ordinary people with conflicts and desires
common to everyone. Like the motion pictures it revisits, this
fascinating book offers insight, entertainment, and a sense of