Discussion – The Role of Psychiatry

Posted: January 29, 2010
Jean Seaberg in "Lilith" (1964)

Jean Seberg in Lilith (1964)

Now, Voyager prominently features the role of psychiatry. What is your favorite film that deals with psychiatry? Neal Gabler’s favorite is Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg in Lilith from 1964. Reel 13 guest, the author, dramatist, and actor, Charles Busch, loves Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945) – a “romantic” view of psychiatry featuring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck.

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  • Daniel

    I suppose there isn’t any psychoanalysis or psychiatrist session scenes, but ‘Blue Velvet’ comes to mind as a film deeply concerned with psychology – particularly the audience’s. Also: the scenes between Timothy Hutton and Judd Hirsch in ‘Ordinary People’ are pretty moving if not particularly thought-provoking.

  • Nikki

    Without a doubt the top of the list is “Spellbound,” with those wonderful surreal scenes and the bent wheel that’s really a gun. Next I’d add the satire “The President’s Analyst” – I still don’t trust the phone company! Then “Dressed to Kill,” and of course “Gaslight.” And finally “The Third Secret” with Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, a movie that’s hardly ever on TV. (Hey Ch. 13 how about showing it?)

  • Mike East

    I’m gonna have to say Mel Brooks’ tribute to Hitchcock, “High Anxiety” is the first thing that comes to mind. Cloris Leachman is downright frightening in that movie and all the visual sendups to the master of suspense are spot on. Not an accurate portrayal of psychiatry, but an excellent parody of a lot of old cliches with enough corny jokes to make a true Brooks fan’s sides split.

  • rayban

    In this particular category, I have two favorites – John Huston’s 1962 film, “Freud” with Montgomery Clift and Susannah York and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ 1959 film, “Suddenly Last Summer” with Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift.

  • J. Perrotta

    Good Will Hunting shows ongoing talk therapy
    to help a young genius overcome childhood abuse and
    reach his full human potential.

  • Anita

    “Spellbound” in first place, with those wonderful Dali sequences. How about the rarely seen “The Seventh Veil” (1946 Academy Award Winner for Best Screenplay) with James Mason and Ann Todd. Two more Hitchcocks: “Marnie” for kleptomania and “Vertigo” for erotic fixation. “Psycho,” anybody?