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Exploring the world through film

Group Discussion at Movies on Chatham

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 January movie,The Midwife (Provost, 2017), presents two women who must cope with medical settings—one as a clinic employee and another as a patient.

What do you see in this movie that reflects our current medical system? We’d love to hear from you as you watch it along with us this month.

2019 Spring Schedule

2017 Drama 117 mins
Martin Provost, Director

 the midwife
  • Feb 11 | Dead Ringers

1988 Drama 115 mins
David Cronenberg, Director

dead ringers poster
  • Mar 08 | TBA

Drama  mins

  • Apr 13 | 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.

Provost, M. (Director). (2017). The midwife [MOTION PICTURE]. France: Memento Films.

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