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The product of the movie industry is a story . . . told primarily in visual imagery and movement, and . . . dialogue. The movie shares the function of all storytelling, of all literature, of all theater: that of a comment on some phase of existence.
—Hortense Powdermaker (1950)*

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.
—Marshall McLuhan (1962)*


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History of Medicine

In the fall, we explored changing times by watching movies either about the topic, or by watching movies that represent aspects of American culture that have clearly changed.

In the spring of 2019, we watch and discuss movies that recreate medical environments.

Can representations in movies lead us to understand better our own life circumstances, and toward enhanced coping skills?

Or, do people always tend to respond to a movie based on earlier established sensibilities?

Our February movie, Dead Ringers (Cronenberg, 1988), presents twin doctors who specialize in gynecology, which is a similar setting to that of the midwife in last month’s movie.

What do you notice in this movie that may influence an audience about our medical system? We’d love to hear from you as you watch it along with us this month.

2019 Spring Schedule

2019 Spring Schedule

2017 Drama, 117 mins
Director: Martin Provost

 the midwife

1988 Drama, 115 mins
Director: David Cronenberg

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  • Mar 14 | Facing Darkness

2017 Drama, 93 mins
Director: Arthur Rasco

facing darkness poster
  • Apr 11 | Yellow Jack

1938 Drama, 83 mins
Director: George B. Seitz

  • May 09 | TBA

Drama, mins


McLuhan, M. (1962). The Gutenberg galaxy: The making of typographic man. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Powdermaker, H. (1950). Hollywood, the dream factory: An anthropologist looks at the movie-makers (1st Ed.). Boston: Little, Brown.

Cronenberg, D. (1988). Dead ringers [MOTION PICTURE]. USA: 20th Century Fox.

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