Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Cast: Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Phil Collins, Richard Gere, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Ian McKellan, Lily Tomlin, Glenne Headly, Swoosie Kurtz, Richard Masur, Saul Rubinek, Charles Martin Smith, B.D. Wong.
Follows the struggle of a handful of strong-willed men and women who took on the fight to save lives in the face of a mysterious illness now called AIDS.
Based on the book by Randy Shilts. 140 min. DVD X3661; vhs 999:969
Directed by Penny Marshall. Cast: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller, Max Von Sydow.
Based on a true story, Robin Williams plays a research physician who uses an experimental drugo (Dopa) to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Based on the book: Awakenings by Oliver Sacks. 120 min. DVD 7927
Directed by Kristine Peterson. Cast: Marc Singer, Mary Crosby, Lisa Pescia, Joseph Campanella, David Kagen. Tom and Clare are two doctors who meet doing a research project on sexual response. Married Tom is seduced by single Clare. When Tom desperately tries to break away, Clare clutches tighter, threatening and arousing him at the same time. The chemistry may be right...but the consequences can be murder. 84 min. DVD X5530; vhs 999:2361
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: L Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore. Frank Pierce, a New York City paramedic on the brink of madness from too many years of saving and losing lives, meets Mary Burke, the daughter of a man he tried to save. Together, Frank and Mary confront the ghosts of the past and discover that redemption can be found among the living. 121 min. DVD 604
Directed by Michael Crichton. Cast: Leonard Rossiter, Graham Crowden, Joan Plowright, Jill Bennett, Malcolm McDowell. In this dark comedy with an element of deeper social criticism, chaos results when the panicked staff of a major British hospital attempts to prepare for a visit by the Queen Mother, only to face every problem imaginable. 111 min. 999:2162
Directed by Hector Babenco. Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Milton Goncalves, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Maria Luisa Mendonca, Caio Blat. Set in Sao Paulo's House of Detention. An oncologist arrives at the jail to test patients for HIV infection. Seeing the disease, overcrowding, and rampant circulation of drugs, the doctor comes to realize the internal power structure among the prisoners. Narratives develop, including the attempted murder of Dagger, the solitary confinement of Chico, and the romance between Lady Di and Too Bad. The doctor eventually sees the prisoners as survivors, leading up to the violent conclusion: a reconstruction of the October 2, 1992, prison riot known as the Carandiru Massacre. 145 min. DVD 4086
Directed by Michael Crichton. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Michael Caine, Jane Alexander, Kathy Baker, Kieran Culkin, Kate Nelligan, Heavy D, K. Todd Freeman, Paz de la Huerta, Erykah Badu. Homer has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of an orphanage in rural Maine and has been groomed by its proprietor to be his successor. But Homer nonetheless feels the need to strike out on his own and experience the world outside. There he falls for the beautiful Candy and learns some powerful lessons about life, love and home. 125 min. DVD 553
Irving, John. The cider house rules : a screenplay / John Irving. New York : Hyperion, c1999.
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The Citadel (1938)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison, Emlyn Williams. A young doctor in a Welsh mining village runs up against the medical establishment when he tries to explore the cause of a cough disabling miners; he abandons his humanitarian goals for a London practice. Based on the novel by A.J. Cronin. 114 min. DVD X5688; vhs 999:3776
Directed by Brad Silberling. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Dennis Franz, Andre Braugher.
Seth is an angel who must decide if he'll forsake his immortality and become human on the chance that the woman of his dreams might love him. That woman is Maggie, a pragmatic heart surgeon who doesn't believe in angels until she meets Seth. Special features: 2 commentaries: one by the director, the other by the producer and the screenwriters; scene-specific commentaries by the cinematographer and production designer; making-of and visual effects documentaries; additional scenes; interviews with Alanis Morrissette and Peter Gabriel; music videos by the Goo Goo Dolls and U2; music-only track with Gabriel Yared commentary; theatrical trailer gallery. 114 min. DVD 9963
Directed by Michael Crichton. Featuring Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn, Richard Widmark. Young doctor at Boston hospital finds that patients suffer irreparable brain damage when supposed minor operations are performed. Determined to find the cause of these mysterious events, she turns to her boyfriend and a senior physician for help. But as her investigation unfolds, Susan uncovers a horrific conspiracy and suddenly finds herself marked for death. 114 min. DVD X3466; vhs 999:2183
Directed by Robert Day. Cast: Boris Karloff, Betta St. John, Finlay Currie, Francis Matthews, Adrienne Corri, Francis De Wolff, Basil Dignam, Frank Pettingell, Carl Bernard, Marian Spencer, Nigel Green, John Gabriel, Howard Lang, Yvonne Warren, Christopher Lee.
In 1840s London, Dr. Thomas Bolton dares to dream the unthinkable: to operate on patients without causing pain. Unfortunately, the road to general anesthesia is blocked by a ruthless killer, as well as Bolton's devastating addiction to his own medicines. 87 min. DVD 9116
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Frank Powell, Florence Lawrence, Gladys Egan. While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is called away to the sickbed of a neighbor. He finds the neighbor gravely ill, and ignores his wife's pleas to come home and care for his own daughter, who has taken a turn for the worse. 10 min. DVD 2944; also DVD X3234; vhs 999:595
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: James Spader, Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft, Albert Brooks, Margo Martindale, Jeffrey Wright, Wallace Shawn, Philip Bosco. Dr. Werner Ernst, an overworked intern, only wants what is best for his elderly, comatose patient -- until he falls for the ailing man's beautiful daughter who has ten million reasons to let her father "die with dignity," while her deeply religious sister has her own motives for keeping him alive. Caught between passion and duty, Werner descends into a moral mine field where he struggles with the physician's god-like powers of life and death. 109 min. DVD 314
Animated short. Directed by Bob Clampett. "Doctor Quack is doing an operation, and Daffy is his assistant. Things start out sedately enough, with Daffy asking for quiet in various ways. Then the operation starts, and after handing over instruments at a ever-increasing pace, Daffy loses it and is ejected. He gets his head stuck in an iron lung, and feels the effects for a while. Daffy goes in search of a patient of his own, and Porky happens to walk by in time to fall victim to Daffy's mallet. Daffy hits himself on the head and has a consultation with the second and third image of himself. They agree to operate; Daffy chases Porky, and they both get stuck in the iron lung." [Internet Movie Database] Included on DVD 2665
Dead Ringers (1988)
Directed by David Cronenberg. Identical twin gynecologists, one suave, the other introspective, share the same medical practice, the same apartment and the same women. When one special woman enters their lives, their bizarre bond is threatened for the first time, sending them into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs and madness. 117 min. DVD 4083
Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lăzărescu) (Romania, 2005)
Director, Cristi Puiu. Cast: Ion Fiscuteanu, Luminita Gheorghiu, Gabriel Spahiu, Doru Ana, Dana Dogaru, Florin Zamfirescu, Clara Voda, Adrian Titieni, Mihai Bratila, Mimi Branescu, Rodica Lazar, Alina Berzunteanu, Mirela Cioaba.
A 60-ish widower, living alone with his cats, feels sick enough one evening to call an ambulance. This is the beginning of his Dantesque odyssey deep into the bowels of a big city medical establishment as Mr. Lazarescu and his paramedic search for medical care. Special features: Interview with the director, Perspective on the US healthcare system with Dr Fred Berlin, trailer. Accompanying booklet: New York Times film article / Alan Riding; Interview with the director / Christoph Huber, Cinema Scope 153 min. DVD X4564
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Will Rogers, Rochelle Hudson, Louise Dresser, Vera Allen, Andy Devine.
An old-fashioned country doctor's affair with a widow bothers the townsfolk in the small town where he practices. When there is a mysterious outbreak of typhoid which the doctor is slow in reacting to, it all comes to a head. The townspeople hold an emergency meeting and decide to give Dr. Bull the sack and bring in a new doctor. Dr. Bull must find a way to save his job, his reputation, and a young man's life, whom all other practitioners have written off as a permanent invalid. Based on 'The Last Adam' by James Gould Cozzens. 79 min. DVD 9377
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp. Portrays Dr. Paul Ehrlich's valiant struggle against persistent opposition as he worked over a number of years to develop a cure for diphtheria and syphilis. 103 min. DVD X4970
Babington, Bruce. "To catch a star on your fingertips': diagnosing the medical biopic from The Story of Louis Pasteur to Freud." In: Signs of life : cinema and medicine / edited by Graeme Harper and Andrew Moor. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2005.
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Crawford, T. Hugh. "Screening Science: Pedagogy and Practice in William Dieterle's Film Biographies of Scientists." Common Knowledge. 6 (2): 52-68. 1997 Fall.
Parascandola, John. "VD at the Movies: PHS Films of the 1930s and 1940s." Public Health Reports March/April 1996, Volume III
Dr. Jack (1922)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis. "Country Doctor, Jack Jackson is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl, who has been making Dr. Saulsbourg and is sanitarium very rich, after years of unsuccessful treatment. His old-fashioned methods do the trick and the quack is sent packing." [IMDB] 56 min. DVD 6208
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster, John Wray, Harry Beresford. When the moon is full, murder stalks the streets in this classic chiller. An investigative reporter traces the trail of corpses to the suspicious Dr. Xavier and his medical college, where grisly experiments are being performed. 76 min. DVD 6522
Directed by Vincent Sherman. Cast: Wayne Morris, Rosemary Lane, Humphrey Bogart, Dennis Morgan, John Litel, Lya Lys, Huntz Hall. New York newspaper reporter Walter Barnett finds himself out of a job after he claims to have found actress Angela Merrova dead in her apartment - only the next day she shows up alive and threatens to sue the paper. Determined to investigate he discovers her involvement with "Dr. Xavier" who is an expert on human blood. Barnett then finds a connection to a series of gruesome murders where the victims were all found drained of blood. 61 min. DVD 6522
Directed by Michael Apted. Cast: Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse, Bill Nunn. Thriller about Guy Luthan, a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a homeless man who died in his emergency room disappears. The trail leads Luthan to the door of the eminent surgeon Dr. Lawrence Myrick, but Luthan soon finds himself in danger from people who want the hospital's secret to remain undiscovered. 118 min. DVD X5527; vhs 999:2214
Directed by Curt Goetz and Karl Peter Gillmann. Cast: Curt Goetz, Valerie von Martens, Erich Ponto, Bruno Hübner. In the face of two world wars, Professor Praetorius, a philanthropist and surgeon, wants to exterminate the one danger to mankind, the microbe of stupidity. But then he tries to help a pregnant girl and becomes involved more and more in her life and is forced to marry her. This melodramatic comedy was the first film by Curt Goetz after his return to Germany from America and a top hit in post-war German cinema. Special feature: Sound recording of radio play by Carl Goetz: Das Märchen (1947) ; interview with Valerie von Martens, Goetz's wife who performed with him in his films and radio plays. 95 min. DVD X766
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Joel McCrea, Betty Field, Harry Carey, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Porter Hall. A dramatization of the life of Dr. William Morton, the dedicated physician who discovered ether in 1846. Until that time, all surgeries were performed with the patient fully conscious. Here is the story of the doctor's great contribution to humanity, and later tribulations as he shared his knowledge rather than hoard it for monetary gain. 87 min. DVD 6582; vhs 999:3139
Babington, Bruce. "To catch a star on your fingertips': diagnosing the medical biopic from The Story of Louis Pasteur to Freud." In: Signs of life : cinema and medicine / edited by Graeme Harper and Andrew Moor. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2005.
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Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Richard Carle, Charles Rogers. A patient in a hospital dies due to malpractice. A loony scientist hires Laurel and Hardy to raid the cemetery to keep him supplied with dead bodies for his experiments. 20 min. DVD X325
Directed by Arthur Hiller. Cast: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes, Richard Dysart, Stephen Elliott.In a large metropolitan hospital the patients die of neglect, the interns chase the nurses, the head of the hospital contemplates suicide and there's someone killing off the staff. This blackest of black comedies and blisteringly funny satire confirms the worst suspicions and fears about contemporary hospitals. 265 min. 2 tapes. DVD X5520; vhs 999:2171
Directed by Masayuki Ochiai. Cast: Koichi Sato, Masanobu Takashima, Mari Hoshino, Michiko Hada, Kaho Minami, Shiro Sano.
A patient in a hospital dies due to malpractice. In a panic, the doctors who are responsible stage a cover-up. Meanwhile, an ambulance leaves a patient in the emergency with a lethal infection. When the muscles and internal organs of the patient liquefy, Dr. Kiyoshi Akai convinces his two colleagues to examine and research the virus, leading the employees of the night shift to a tragic end. 98 min. DVD 6941
Directed by Alfred Santell. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan. With the help of Dr. Kildare and a ganster, a widow is desperately trying to find the daughter her bank robber husband hid before he died; this is the first movie featuring Max Brand's Dr. Kildare. 79 min. DVD X3359
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead, Stephen McNally, Jan Sterling. Because of her disability, a deaf mute living in a village in Nova Scotia is known as "the dummy," but a compassionate doctor recognizes her innate intelligence and teaches her sign language and lip-reading. 103 min. DVD 7555
The Kingdom (Ringet) (1994; in Danish with English subtitles)
Directed by Lars Von Trier. The Kingdom Hospital is ailing, this venerable institution has become a carnival of horrors as a restless ghost haunts the halls crying for redemption. The patients try to contact the uneasy spirit with seances. The doctors, feeling their own inadequacy, turn to exorcism, and voodoo in desperate attempts to salvage their power as healers. But a terrible secret, buried in the past has the hospital in its grasp. But it may be too late to save The Kingdom. 265 min. 2 tapes. DVD 5610; vhs 999:2112
Directed by Harlan Thompson. Cast: Cary Grant, Genevieve Tobin, Helen Mack, Edward Everett Horton.
Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful. He makes Eve Caron so satisfied with his skill that she leaves her husband and marries Maurice. On their honeymoon, her shallow behavior is more than he can handle so he bids adieu to his new bride and flies back to Paris with the intention of winning back the love of his simple, unadorned secretary, Anne. 77 min. DVD X2453
The Last Bridge (Die Letzte Brücke) (Yugoslavia / Austria, 1954)
Directed by Helmut Kautner. Cast: Maria Schell, Bernhard Wicki, Barbara Rütting, Carl Mohner.Filmed in a neorealist style the film tells the story of a German doctor taken captive by Yugoslav partisans during WWII. Her initial reluctance to providing medical assistance softens as she recognizes that suffering is the same on either side in a war. The anti-war theme is simply and realistically depicted in this thoughtful and moving film. 90 min. 999:2893
Directed by George Miller. Cast: Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Peter Ustinov, Kathleen Wilhoite, Gerry Bamman. A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn about it and tackles the problem himself, consulting and sometimes colliding with the world's top doctors and scientists in the quest to save his son. Based on the true life story of Lorenzo Odone. 136 min. DVD 5697
Jones, Anne H. "Medicine and the Movies: Lorenzo's Oil at Century's End." Annals of Internal Medicine 3 October 2000 | Volume 133 Issue 7 | Pages 567-571
Lost Boundaries (1949)
Director, Alfred L. Werker. Cast: Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas, Canada Lee, Richard Hylton. Based on true events surrounding a light-skinned black family who pass for white in a New Hampshire town. Dr. Scott Carter is unable to secure a job as a physician because of his race so he decides "For one year of his life" to pass as a white man, but the one year becomes twenty. Eventually he and his family must confront the racism of the idyllic New Hampshire town he's served for decades. Based on the book by William Lindsay White. 99 min. DVD X1843; vhs 999:1769
McGehee, Margaret T.
"Disturbing the Peace: Lost Boundaries, Pinky, and Censorship in Atlanta, Georgia, 1949-1952."
Cinema Journal. Fall 2006. Vol. 46, Iss. 1; p. 23 (29 pages) UC users only
Wallace, Michele. "Race, Gender and Psychoanalysis in Forties Film: Lost Boundaries, Home of the Brave and The Quiet One." In: Black American cinema / edited by Manthia Diawara. New York : Routledge, 1993. (Main Stack PN1995.9.N4.B45 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.N4.B45 1993; PFA PN1995.9.N4.B45 1993)
Weisenfeld, Judith. ""Why Didn't They Tell Me I'm a Negro?": Lost Boundaries and the Moral Landscape
of Race." In: Hollywood be thy name : African American religion in American film, 1929-1949
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.N4 W45 2007)
Magnificent Obsession (1934)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Agnes Moorehead, Gregg Palmer. Reckless playboy Bob Merrick crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention from a rescue team. They have to use the town's only resuscitator. At that same moment the beloved, local doctor has a heart attack and dies while waiting for the life-saving device. When Bob learns about the doctor's secret - to give selflessley and in secret - he decides to give it a try. He alienates the doctor's widow, Helen, with whom Bob has now fallen in love. His persistence causes another tragedy, and he must remake his life. 106 min.DVD X258; vhs 999:555
Director: Robert Altman. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall. Highlights the outrageous antics of three skilled young surgeons drafted from civilian life and assigned to a unit of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. 117 min. DVD 999; DVD 7590
Max and the Lady Doctor (Max et la doctoresse) (1909)
Director and star: Max Linder. "The Incomparable Max shimmies and flivvers through a two-part one-reeler involving a female medical practitioner with the gift of hands. It's an excellent joke, and the dapper medium-shot mise-en-sc?ne is really exquisitely tailored to Linder's "soft" (in the Daliist sense) European style." [Internet Movie Database]
Director, John McTiernan. Cast: Sean Connery, Lorraine Bracco, Jose Wilker, Rodolfo de Alexandre, Angelo Barra Moreira. Dr. Robert Campbell, a brilliant but unorthodox scientist, is racing against time in his bold research for a cure against cancer. Set deep in the forbidding Amazon rain forest of Brazil, this action-packed drama follows Campbell hot on the trail of an amazing discovery - but the eccentric recluse soon finds himself caught in the midst of an explosive adventure! 105 min. DVD 1473
Directed by Joseph Sargent. Cast; Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburne, Craig Sheffer, Joe Morton, Obba Babatundé, Thom Gossom Jr., Von Coulter, E.G. Marshall, Ossie Davis. Based on the shocking true story, this film exposes a government backed medical research effort on humans which led to tragic consequences. In 1932, Nurse Eunice Evers was invited to work with doctors on the "Tuskegee Experiment" to study the effects of syphilis. She is faced with a terrible dilemma when she learns the patients are denied treatment that could cure them. Based on the play: Miss Evers' boys / by David Feldshuh. 118 min. DVD X5597
Susceptible to Kindness: Miss Evers' Boys and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Video/C MM1008
Critical Thinking in Nursing: Lessons from Tuskegee DVD 5711
My Own Country (1998, TV)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Naveen Andrews, Glenne Headly, Hal Holbrook, Swoosie Kurtz, Marisa Tomei. A small-town doctor, making the adjustment of coming from India to the rural town of Johnson City, Tennessee, must win the acceptance and trust of his community when the town's first documented case of AIDS is reported. Based on true events, this a powerfully moving story of one doctor's brave search for home and belonging. 999:2758
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Sidney Poitier. When a young African-American doctor operates on two white brothers brought in for gunshot wounds, it sets off a chain of violent confrontations between a vicious psychopath, his gang and the black community. 106 min. DVD 7667; vhs 999:2450
Directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Cast: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (Dr. Fatty Holepoke, Buster Keaton (Junior Holepoke); Al St. John (Gambler); Alice Mann (Vamp). DVD 1722; DVD 1314; DVD 1722; also on VHS 999:1901
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Mathias Wieman, Fritz Rasp, Martin Urtel, Josef Sieber, Rudolf Blumner, Harald Kreutzberg.
Paracelsus, a Swiss-German physician, is named head physician of Basel and orders the city gates to Paracelsus, a Swiss-German physician, is named head physician of Basel and orders the city gates to be closed against the Plague. He heals the dancer Fliegenbein but the authorities don't approve of his methods and seek to arrest him but Fliegenbein helps Paracelsus escape. 100 min. vhs 999:2443
Rentschler, Eric. "The Führer's Phanton Paraclelsus." In: The ministry of illusion : Nazi cinema and its afterlife / Eric Rentschler. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
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Directed by Tom Shadyac. Cast: Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bob Gunton, Daniel London, Peter Coyote.
Patch Adams is a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like other doctors. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just about anything to make his patients laugh-- even if it means risking his own career. Based on a true story. Based on the book Gesundheit! : bringing good health to you, the medical system, and society through physician service, complementary therapies, humor, and joy by Patch Adams. Special features: Commentary by director Tom Shadyac ; "The Medicinal value of Laughter," (12 min.) an original documentary featuring interviews with the real Patch Adams, producer Mike Farrell and cast members Robin Williams and Monica Potter ; outtakes ; theatrical trailer ; production notes ; cast & filmmaker's bios ; film highlights. 116 min. DVD 8226
Directed by Wallace Worsley. Cast: Lon Chaney, Ethel Grey Terry, Charles Clary, Clair Adams, Kenneth Harlan. An incompetent doctor amputates the legs of a young boy who grows up to be the embittered Blizzard, a criminal mastermind who orchestrates a bizarre and heinous plot to avenge himself. 93 min. DVD 2214
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Finlay Currie, Hume Cronyn, Walter Slezak, Sidney Blackmer, Basil Ruysdael, Katherine Locke.
Dr. Noah Praetorius, a successful gynecologist becomes the victim of a witchhunt at the hands of Professor Elwell, who disdains Praetorius's unorthodox medical views. Fuel is added to the fire when Praetorius befriends young Deborah Higgins, who has become suicidal at the prospect of having a baby by her husband, a military reservist who was called up for service in the Korean War and killed in action. From the play 'Dr. Praetorius" by Curt Goetz. 103 min. DVD X4194
Director, John Ford. Cast: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, John Carradine, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron, Harry Carey, Francis McDonald.
The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd (1833-1883), the physician who was tried and convicted for treating the injured John Wilkes Booth following Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Mudd was imprisoned in Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas Island where he treated prisoners stricken with yellow fever until his eventual release. 96 min. DVD 9369
Directed by kira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Noriko Sengoku, Miki Sanjo.
During a life-saving operation, army surgeon Fujisaki contaminates himself with syphilis, a disease virtually incurable in 1940s Japan. After the war, he returns to work at the hospital maintained by his obstetrician father, but agonizes over the disease that threatens to destroy his impending marriage, while simultaneously trying to save other patients' lives -- including the man from whom he contracted the disease. Special features: Interviews with cinematographer Setsuo Kobayashi, actress Miki Sanjo and composer Akira Ifukube; original Japanese theatrical trailer; news reel footage from the set of the film; photo gallery; liner notes by film critic Stuart Galbraith. 95 min. DVD 6993
Director, Masumura Yasuzo. Cast: Ayako Wakao, Shinsuke Ashida, Yusuke Kawazu, Jotaro Senba, Ranko Akagi.
A fresh young army nurse on the front finds herself the nighttime prey of hungry soldiers and awash in a sea of blood and torn bodies. Despite the hell around her she struggles to maintain her strength and compassion, but her attempts at salvation, with an amputee soldier and a morphine-addicted surgeon, could lead to her own sexual and spiritual martyrdom. 95 min. DVD 6981
Directed by Robert Florey. Cast: Bebe Daniels, Lyle Talbot, John Halliday. The wife of a mentally-ill man works as a night shift nurse and must resist the advances of her co-workers and her own feelings. Based on play by Florence Johns and Wilton Lackaye, Jr.
62 min DVD X7307
Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Miao Tien, Lu Hsiao-ling, Chen Shiang-chyi, Chang Long, Anne Hui, Chen Chao-jung.
A troubled Twainese family living separate lives is driven on a quest to alleviate the son's pain after taking a dunk in the polluted Tansui River. They try virtually every intervention for his neck pain: Western medicine, a chiropractor, acupuncture, an herbal doctor, and a faith healer, Master Liu. Are the family's silent dynamics and his neck pain connected?
115 min. DVD 9354
Directed by Steve Sekely. Cast: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen. An ex-medical student in trouble with gambling debts kills a psychiatrist who is his exact look-alike, except for a scar on the doctor's cheek. The student impersonates the dead psychiatrist, but mistakenly makes his own scar on the wrong cheek. It is not long before the doctor's secretary is on to him and he discovers the doctor had a few gambling debts himself. 83 min. 999:2245
Die Schwarzwald-klinik. Folge 5. (Black Forest Clinic, part 5) (1985)
Contains two episodes of a television drama produced in Germany. 1. Der Dieb. When a patient is taken to the hospital and a short time later her money is missing, suspicion falls on the medic Mischa who was the last person seen to leave her house. -- 2. Der Kunstfehler. A brilliant young pianist has lost the ability to perform as the result of treatment by one of Professor Brinkmann's best students. He is called to testify. In German. 88 min. 999:3028
Die Schwarzwald-klinik. Folge 6. (Black Forest Clinic, part 6) (1985)
Contains two episodes of a television drama produced in Germany. 1. Die Mutprobe. Two young men have an accident during a bicycle trip. Dr. Schafer, father of one of them, insists on taking part in the rescue. -- 2. Vaterschaft. Franziska, a pregnant high school student, is brought to the hospital with light injuries. The medic Mischa offers her and her baby his apartment as temporary home, which leads to unexpected consequences. In German. 88 min. 999:3029
Directed by Alfred Werker. Cast: Cast: Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Michael Dunne, Reed Hadley.
Vincent Price is Dr. Cross, a psychiatrist who murders his wife and discovers that the only witness is a neighbor who goes into shock after witnessing the carnage. Her well-meaning husband has her committed to the sanitarium run by Dr. Cross, who resolves to silence her forever by shocking her to death with an overdose of insulin. 70 min. DVD 2036
Directed by Robert Mulligan. Cast: Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, Gena Rowlands, Geoffrey Keen.
When an opportunistic physician (Rock Hudson) travels to the jungles of Java, a shocking meeting with a black magic witch doctor forces him to re-evaluate his selfish past. 70 min. DVD 8144
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Brenda Marshall, William Gargan, Hillary Brooke, George Chandler, Ruth Ford, H.B. Warner, Lyle Talbot, Mary Treen, Kay Forrester. Brenda Marshall stars as Nora Goodrich, a scientist working on an anesthesiology project. Her lab partner sabotages an experiment leaving Nora's face badly scarred. After her face is surgically altered, she plots revenge on her enemies. 68 min. DVD 3849; vhs 999:2695
Directed by Michael Cimino. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft.
The fast-track life of oncologist Michael Reynolds detours when a desperately ill patient kidnaps him at gunpoint. Together they seek a legendary Navajo healing place while a manhunt closes in on them. Through narrow escapes and shared hardships, the men draw closer in understanding. 122 min. DVD X3597
Directed by Sheldon Larry. Cast: Christine Lahti, Tom Skerritt, Jay Thomas, Mark Feuerstein, Stanley Anderson, Blake Lindsley, Scott Michael Campbell, Matt Weinberg, Will Rothhaar, Caroline Aaron, Teri Austin, Karen Kim.
Lyssa Grant Hughes has given blood sweat and tears to build a name for herself as a doctor. As a respected physician promoting women's health issues and fighting for women's rights, she has decided to set her sights on a career in politics. When a family friend tips a reporter about a minor indiscretion in her past, Lyssa's campaign becomes the focus of a media feeding frenzy. 92 min. DVD X6893
Trouble Every Day (France | Germany | Japan, 2001)
Director, Claire Denis. Cast: Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas.
Shane and his new wife June are in Paris for their honeymoon. Meanwhile, a French doctor is experimenting with the human libido and causes ordinary people, including his own wife, to have an uncontrollable urge to have sex with someone and then kill them and eat their flesh. Shane is suffering from the same desires, and seeks out the doctor to find a cure. 97 min. DVD X5838
The following films include more or less realistic depictions of scientists and the scientific process. For speculative or fanciful representations of scientists, SEE Science Fiction
Angels and Insects (1995)
Directed by Philip Haas. Cast: Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit, Jeremy Kemp, Douglas Henshall. Barely surviving an expedition to the Amazon, working class biologist William Adamson returns home, where he is forced to accept the charity of an affluent, upper-class family. Falling deeply in love with his benefactor's captivating daughter, he sees his fondest wish come true when she agrees to become his wife. Unwittingly attracting the affections of a bright household servant, William tries to continue his scientific studies. But all of William's logic and learning can't prepare him for the discovery he is about to make about his new relations. A discovery that will peel back the facade of wealth and privilege to reveal a breeding ground of erotic decadence and illicit passion beyond any husband's darkest fears. 118 min. DVD 2812
Atomised (aka The Elementary Particles) (Elementarteilchen) (Germany, 2006)
Directed by Oskar Roehler. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Ulmen, Martina Gedeck, Franka Potente, Nina Hoss.
Tells the story of two half-brothers, one an introverted molecular biologist who is wrapped up in his research and shies away from intimacy, while the other is a slave to his sexual fantasies. Everything changes when both men find love in unexpected places. Questions of biological evolution, love and fate are raised. Based on the novel Particules élémentaires by Michel Houellebecq. 108 min. DVD X3230
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, Christopher Plummer. Based on true events this is the dramatic biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize. 135 min. DVD 1230
Cast: Derek Jacobi, Alun Armstrong, Richard Johnson, Harold Pinter, Amanda Root, Prunella Scales. A Dramatization of the life of Alan Turing, British mathematical genius and designer of the computer that broke the German Enigma code during World War II, whose admittance to homosexuality at a time when it was illegal presented problems for him, for his family, for his colleagues, and for the State's preoccupation with national security. Originally shown on the television program Mobil masterpiece theatre. Based on the play of the same title by Hugh Whitemore, and on the book, Alan Turing: The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges (QA29.T8 H63 1983 Main Stack, Astr/Math, Moffitt) Originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS television series, Mobil masterpiece Theatre. 90 min. vhs 999:1822
Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson; featuring Tilda Swinton, Francesca Faridany, Timothy Leary, Karen Black, John O'Keefe, John Perry Barlow.
Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a way to communicate with the past and manages to reach Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of the famed poet Lord Byron and an amateur mathematician who wrote what is considered to be the first computer language back in the 19th century. Ada's ideas were stifled and unfulfilled because of the reality of life as a woman in the Victorian era but Emmy has a plan to defeat death using DNA as a communicative agent to bring Ada to the present. But what are the possible ramifications? 84 min. DVD X4974; vhs 999:2648
Directed by Mick Jackson. Cast: Tim Pigott-Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Alan Howard, Juliet Stevenson. A dramatized documentary, set in the years 1951-1953, which focuses on the young scientist James Watson who with other scientists "raced" to discover the DNA double helix comprising human genetic material. According to the film, the discovery was primarily made by scientist Rosalind Franklin, but her ideas were stolen by the team of Watson, Crick, and Wilkins, who were subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize after her death. 108 min. DVD 2871; also VHS Video/C 5403
Directed by Roland Joffe; featuring Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Belelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern, John C. McGinley. Fat man and little boy were the names given to the first 2 atomic bombs built by "The Manhattan Project". This film is the true story of their creation, and the fascinating people involved. 94 min. DVD 1192
Directed by Joseph Losey; cast: Topol, Colin Blakely, Georgia Brown, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Margaret Leighton, Clive Revill, Tom Conti. A dramatization of Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science by making himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovering the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun which brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Newton and Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the center of the Universe. Based on the play by Bertolt Brecht. 138 min. DVD 2116
Directed by Michael Apted; featuring Sigourney Weaver (Dian Fossey), Bryan Brown (Bob Campbell), Julie Harris (Roz Carr), John Omirah Miluwi (Sembagare). Based on the true story of young anthropologist Dian Fossey who traveled to the Rwandan African mountains to study the rare gorillas. Based on Gorillas in the mist by Dian Fossey. (Bioscience QL737.P96.F67 2000; Moffitt QL737.P96.F67 2000) 129 min. DVD X4404; vhs 999:1703
Directed by Michel Gondry. Cast: Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans, Miranda Otto, Rosie Perez. A philosophical burlesque following the ups and downs of an obsessive scientist, a female naturalist, and the man they discover, born and raised in the wild. As scientist Nathan trains the wild man in the ways of the world, Nathan's lover Lila fights to preserve the man's simian past, which represents a freedom enviable to most. In the power struggle that ensues, an unusual love triangle emerges exposing the perversities of the human heart and the idiosyncrasies of the civilized mind. 96 min. DVD 3525
Directed by Bill Condon. Cast: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt. A dramatization of the life of Alfred Kinsey, a researcher driven to uncover the most private secrets of the nation, and journey into the mystery of human behavior. His 1948 book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male irrevocably changed American culture. 118 min. DVD 4039
Corber, Robert J. "Rethinking Sex: Alfred Kinsey Now.(Kinsey)(Movie Review)." American Quarterly 57.2 (June 2005): 463-474.
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Esther, John. "On the making of Kinsey and Kinsey: John Esther talks to the director of a groundbreaking biopic.(Bill Condon's biographical movie)(Interview)." The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide 12.4 (July-August 2005): 15(3).
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Grundmann, Roy. "Sex, science, and the biopic: an interview with Bill Condon.(Interview)." Cineaste 30.2 (Spring 2005): 11(1).
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Grundmann, Roy. "Sex, Science, and the Biopic: An Interview with Bill Condon." Cineaste vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 11, Spring 2005. UC users only
Grundmann, Roy. "Too darn hot: Kinsey and the culture wars.(Critical Essay)." Cineaste 30.2 (Spring 2005): 4(7). UC users only
Linke, Gabriele. "Kinsey—An Inquiry into American Sexual Identity."
a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Volume 26, Number 1, Summer 2011, pp. 138-155
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Szymanski, Mike. "Moving Closer to the Middle: Kinsey the Movie, and Its Rocky Road to Bisexual Acceptance." Journal of Bisexuality, 2008, Vol. 8 Issue 3/4, p287-308, 22p
Williams, Linda. "Kinsey.(Movie Review)." Film Quarterly 58.3 (Spring 2005): 43(5). UC users only
The Mad Doctor (Walt Disney, 1933)
"A dark and stormy night. Pluto is spirited away to the spooky mansion of an evil genius for a mad transplant scheme to put his head on the body of a chicken. Mickey gives chase, but find himself threatened severely by the house and its denizens." [Internet Movie Database] 7 min. DVD 1523; also on DVD 2444
Kohl, Leonard J. "Cartoons and Technocracy: Disney's The Mad Doctor and Fleischer's Dancing on the Moon." In: Science fiction America : essays on SF cinema / edited by David J. Hogan.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S26.S275 2006; Moffitt PN1995.9.S26.S275 2006)
Madame Curie (1943)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Basserman, Robert Walker, Reginald Owen, Van Johnson, Margaret O'Brien. Portrayal of Marie and Pierre Curie, partners in life and in their efforts to isolate the radioactive element radium, first discovered by Dr. Becquerel. 126 min. DVD X1048
Crawford, T. Hugh. "Glowing Dishes: Radium, Marie Curie, and Hollywood." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. 23 (1): 71-89. 2000 Winter. UC users only
The Man in the White Suit (UK, 1951)
Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Cast: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker.
Sir Alec Guinness is Sidney Stratton, an eccentric chemist who invents a fiber that never wrinkles, wears out, or gets dirty. But when mill owners and workers realize this miracle fiber will destroy their industry, Sidney becomes the most hunted man in the nation. 85 min. DVD 8123
Director, Bernt Capra. Cast: Liv Ullman, Sam Waterston, John Heard, Ione Skye. A poet, a politician and a scientist begin a discussion while visiting the island-abbey of Mont St. Michel in France. The conversation turns into a far-ranging exploration of the environment and other cutting-edge issues. Based on the book "The Turning point" by Fritjof Capra. 110 min. 999:3500
Director, Elaine May. Cast: Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston, George Rose, James Coco, William Redfield. A suddenly broke middle-aged playboy plots to marry and murder a frumpy, clumsy, and socially awkward botany teacher who happens to be heir to a fortune. 102 min. 999:3410
Directed by Jerry Lewis. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman, Med Flory.
To improve his social life, a nerdish, near-sighted professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. 107 min. DVD X5291
Paris qui dort (The Crazy Ray) (1923, silent with English intertitles)
Directed by Rene Clair. Cast: Henri Rollan, Madeline Rodrigues, Albert Prejean, Myla Seller. This first film by Rene Clair (notable for its comic and trick effects), was mostly shot on the Eiffel Tower. One man, the night watchman on the Eiffel tower, finds himself the only one awake in Paris. Everyone else has been frozen in time by a mysterious ray invented by a mad scientist. He is shortly joined by a group who were flying in an airplane at the time of the catastrophe. Together they try to convince the scientist to awaken the people. 62 min. DVD 1368; vhs 999:3235
Directed by John Madden. Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis, Danny McCarthy. A devoted daughter comes to terms with the death of her father, a brilliant mathematician whose genius was crippled by mental insanity, with the help of one of her father's former students. 99 min. DVD 5101
Directed by Mick Jackson; featuring Tim Pigott-Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Alan Howard, Juliet Stevenson. A dramatized documentary, set in the years 1951-1953, which focuses on the young scientist James Watson who with other scientists "raced" to discover the DNA double helix comprising human genetic material. According to the film, the discovery was primarily made by scientist Rosalind Franklin, but her ideas were stolen by the team of Watson, Crick, and Wilkins, who were subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize after her death. 108 min. Video/C 5403
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Cast: David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, Jack Hawkins, Leslie Banks, Michael Gough, Cyril Cusack. Details the professional and personal travails of a troubled, alcoholic research scientist and military bomb-disposal expert who, while struggling through a relationship with his girlfriend, is hired by the government to advise on a German weapon. Special features: Audio commentary by Charles Barr; video interview with Chris Challis; excerpts from Michael Powell's audio dictations for his autobiography; in booklet: essay, "Whiskey galore!" by Nick James.
107 min. DVD X95
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Ray Marika, Ray Barrett, Norman Kaye, Colleen Clifford. A sympathetic geologist for a uranium mining company must confront the passive resistance of the Aborigine tribes in Southern Australia. The spots where the deposits are richest is sacred ground, the place "where the green ants dream," for them the origin of all life. 99 min. DVD 6000; vhs 999:3657
Directed by John Hughes. Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Bill Paxton, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson, Robert Downey (Jr.), Robert Rusler. Two nerdy best friends have the power to create the "perfect woman". Like a computer-generated fairy godmother, the two use their creation to learn about the pleasures and pitfalls of adolescences. 93 min. DVD 6140
Directed by Fran?ois Truffaut. A film based upon the true journal account of a French physician, Dr. Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard of the National Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, Paris, who undertook the task of effecting the education of a child found living like an animal in the forest in 1798. Itard, whose teaching strategies survive today in the Montessori Method, was unsure whether he was helping a savage become human or turning a forest child into a semi-civilized idiot. 86 min. DVD 1263; vhs 999:1420
Directed by Harold S. Bucquet. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Keenan Wynn, Carl Esmond, Patricia Morison, Felix Bressart, Emily Massey, Gloria Grahame, George Davis, George Chandler, Clancy Cooper.
Pat Jamieson is a scientist working on a high-altitude oxygen mask for World War II fighter pilots. He has nowhere to conduct his research until he meets Jamie Rowan, a woman with a large empty country house. She has no hopes of marrying for love but Jamie wants to help the war effort and she likes Pat, so to satisfy the proprieties they agree on a business arrangement: a marriage of convenience and partnership. They happily work on oxygen mixes instead of honeymooning. But as the footing of their relationship begins warm up, Jamie is courted by another man and the old flame that broke Pat's heart is back in his life. It will take a sleepwalking ruse, dodging in and out of doors, and a working oxygen mask to get them together again. 110 min. DVD 7602
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