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localnotail 23,084 posts
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kalel wrote:Anyone who cannot see the difference between Hollywood monsters and real-life mental illness isn't likely to change or gain any useful understanding. Closing down any reference to mental illness (hollywood or otherwise) isn't going to help understanding either, as it closes down discussion.
But really they're playing the role of someone who isn't unlike the woman I've described in my post above. The difference between the Hollywood portrayal and the reality is clear. Hollywood paints them as monsters to be feared (and dressed up as on Halloween), and that adds to the wider ignorance and misunderstanding of mental illness.
Besides, where do you draw a line? Complex personality issues?
I'm not talking about closing anything down. Yet again, all I'm saying is that in years to come these films are going to look a bit ignorant and dated in their portrayal of the mentally ill.
I don't think the subject matter will ever overshadow a well made film. So, Psycho will last where so much else will be framed as a mere product of the time.
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