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: video file,DVD video,region 1
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.


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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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