the heart of madness

DVD - 2017 | Portuguese
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"A miracle happened in Brazil on the 1950's. Renowned modern art museums opened their doors to artists nobody ever heard of. Many critics pointed out that theses exhibitions revealed painters that should be ranked amongst the best brazillian artists of the century. It was written that this explosion of art and beauty was a sign that something comparable to the renaissance was happening in Riio de Janeiro. Behind this miracle there was no art academy, patron or dealer, only a psychiatrist, ridiculed by her colleagues, and a painting studio at a mental hospital, in the outskirts of town. The artists were schizophrenic, poor, hospitalized for several decades, abandoned by their families and hopeless according to their doctors. This film tells the story of this "Miracle" and the life of this rebellious, frail and engaging psychiatrist: Dra. Nise da Silveira."
Publisher: [Culver City, California] : Strand Releasing Home Video, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: FIC Nise
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Jul 20, 2018

Set in 1944, a woman challenging the male-dominated status quo of ice pick lobotomy and electroshock. Gloria Pires is a glorious as Nise da Silveira. If you like her, check out Reaching for the Moon, yet another real-life story circa 1950 Rio de Janeiro.

Jul 06, 2018

What we now call "Outsider Art". Just look at the work of Basquiat to see how recognized this style has become. A beautiful testimony to the courage of a crusading Brazilian doctor who didn't want to use violence or coercion on her patients.

Jul 04, 2018

Directed by Roberto Berliner in 2015 based on the true story, this Portuguese docudrama depicts the life and struggle of Dr. Nise Da Silveira who refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock therapy and instead starts a revolution through paintings, animals and love.
It is an amazing and amusing yet heartwarming story.

Jun 26, 2018

After watching this thoughtful and compassionate women doctor and how she tried to try art and animal therapy into treating clients as human beings, rather than resorting to the popular shock therapy or lobotomy practices.
I too looked this up on the internet and found that the film focused on a period in the early 1940's, shortly after her release from prison due to her Marxist's beliefs.
The film ended with a clip of the real Dr Nice da Silveira (February 1905 - October 30, 1999), as well as some clips and pictures of the real patients.
Although subtitled in English, the film was well worth watching, for the depiction of the times and ignorance of society and doctors in ways of "curing" the "incurable."
There were no extras or followup on the real events and was not even sure that the women they showed at the end was even Dr Nice, until I confirmed it on the Internet, which I did find rather lacking for a film based on facts.
Good film otherwise.

Nov 19, 2017

Nise, a Brazilian psychiatrist, is someone you probably never heard of. Instead of locking mentally ill patients in the hospital, she attempts more humane methods. She attempts to add interesting activities, more freedoms, and craft times like drawing pictures. Based upon a true story, the artistic creations are incredible, but the road was rocky and often things got so out of control that you got to thinking that if this weren't a movie, Nise would get kicked out of the psychiatric profession. I searched the internet and found incredible paintings drawn by people that had been locked up in an insane asylum.

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