#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Virginia Cunningham finds herself in a state insane asylum…and can’t remember how she got there. In flashback, her husband Robert relates their courtship, their marriage, and her developing symptoms. The asylum staff are not demonized, but fear, ignorance, and regimentation keep Virginia in a state of misery as pipe-smoking Dr. Mark Kik struggles through wheels within wheels to find the root of her problem. Then a relapse plunges Virginia back into the harrowing ‘Snake Pit.’
Plot: Virginia Cunningham is confused upon finding herself in a mental hospital, with no memory of her arrival at the institution. Tormented by delusions and unable to even recognize her husband, Robert, she is treated by Dr. Mark Kik, who is determined to get to the root of her mental illness. As her treatment progresses, flashbacks depict events in Virginia’s life that may have contributed to her instability.
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Virginia Cunningham (Olivia de Havilland) finds herself in a state insane asylum… and cannot remember how she got there. In flashback, her husband Robert relates their courtship, marriage, and her developing symptoms.
Stephen King says this film terrified him as a child, because he felt that he could go crazy at any moment (and worst of all, not even be aware that he was crazy). And, indeed, there is something terrifying about this film. While many films have taken place in mental hospital, I think very few really address how normal most mentally ill people are most of the time, or the fine balance between sane and insane.
I do not know much about Olivia de Havilland, but she really pulled all the stops here. If she is capable of this level of intensity, she probably should have been a bigger star than she was.
“Robert, there’s something the matter with my head.”
My approach to films dealing with mental illness is a guarded one as I’ve dealt with the issue among family members who from time to time were not in control of their own thoughts. I can’t imagine how it would be to live like that for any extended period of time. Olivia de Havilland gives a remarkable portrayal of Juniper Hill State Hospital patient Virginia Cunningham, unable to differentiate her thoughts between the real and imagined. I always wonder if ‘crazy’ people actually hear themselves speak, or if their thoughts simply become so overwhelming that they are unable to deal with reality. In Mrs. Cunningham’s case, her dread was triggered by the onset of a certain date (May 12th), which through analysis, was determined to be the day on which her father died, for which she felt some guilt in causing, along with some trauma associated with a doll she owned as a child.
The picture doesn’t shy from depicting the inhumanity attendant among hospital staff in the era during which the picture was made. Some of the nurses were mercilessly heartless in their treatment of patients, while staff Doctor Curtis’s behavior during his interrogation of Mrs. Cunningham went way beyond the course of normal civility one would expect from someone treating people with behavioral problems. I think if the man wagged his finger in my face the way he did in the story, I would have been tempted to take a bite as well, and I’m as normal as the next guy (or so I imagine). Fortunately, a balance in the film is struck with the methods and demeanor of Dr. M.H. Van Kensdecaerik/’Dr.Kik’ (Leo Genn), who’s patience and understanding was vital to Mrs. Cunningham achieving some semblance of stability. The only thing is, with hundreds of patients, one has to consider which ones would merit the type of personal attention that Dr. Kik was able to extend.
The title “The Snake Pit” does have a horrific connotation, and it’s explained in the latter half of the picture by Mrs. Cunningham, who envisioned herself at one point as being trapped in a deep, dark hole while surrounded by other patients in a huge recreation type area. She mused as to whether the occasion of placing a sane person in a room full of insane people might actually make that person insane, and vice versa. Watching that scene I had a thought along similar lines, as to whether it might have been harmful for a mental patient’s treatment to be in the proximity of so many others in worse condition, some of whom had an even less tenuous grasp on reality than Mrs. Cunningham did.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Mystery
Director Anatole Litvak
Writer Frank Partos, Millen Brand, Mary Jane Ward
Actors Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn
Country United States
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 10 wins & 9 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,968 m (12 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm