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Mental Illness: Major Films  
TitleMarat/Sade (1966)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental
CountryUK
Length115
GenreHistorical/Biography
Rating4
DirectorPeter Brook
CastIan Richardson Patrick McGee Glenda Jackson Micheal Williams
NotesThe full title of the Peter Weiss play of which the film is a faithful rendition is: "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as performed by the Inmates at Charendon Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade." Apparently the elite of 19th century Paris enjoyed attending plays which were performed by the inmates of Paris' mental hospitals. Their performances were considered to be therapeutic. Here the Marquis de Sade (infamous for giving us the word "sadism") directs a play in which Marat is tortured for pleasure and murdered. Among the shocking scenes is the theme of revolution to make the world a better place put forth by Marat but rejected by de Sade. But at the end the patients believe in the roles they are playing and start the revolution by attacking their nurses.

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