The Madness Museum
DVD1986 70 Minutes
History of the treatment of mental illness.
The Victorians, failing to understand the roots of mental illness, employed a whole range of absurd treatments -- spinning chairs, douches, purges, bleedings and vomitings -- Ken Campbell manages to turn it all into a black and accusing farce, that contrives to be both harrowing and enthralling. "The film is based on careful research and its overall effect is pure magic" -- Herbert Kretzmer, Daily Mail. Ken Campbell and Simon Callow star in this production.