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Shock Head Soul : The Story of Daniel Paul Schreber / Autlook Filmsales GmbH.

Other author/creatorFilms for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Other author/creatorFilms Media Group.
Other author/creatorAutlook Filmsales GmbH.
Format Video (Streaming) and Electronic
Publication InfoNew York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], ©2011.
Description1 streaming video file (86 min.) : sound, color
Supplemental Content Part of the Films on Demand collection
Subject(s)
Variant title Story of Daniel Paul Schreber
Contents Sponsors and Credits: Shock Head Soul: The Story of Daniel Paul Schreber (3:32) -- Schreber before the Court (2:36) -- In the History of Madness (1:48) -- Personal Tragedies (3:45) -- Prelude to Madness (2:42) -- Schreber's Madness (3:23) -- Brain Function (2:21) -- Schreber's Mind (2:00) -- Communication Problems (2:58) -- Neurosyphilis (2:31) -- Doctor's Advice (3:40) -- Childhood-Generated Behavior (2:54) -- Types of Schizophrenia (2:50) -- Incurably Insane (5:09) -- Imprisonment Protest (2:21) -- 19th-Century Treatments (2:10) -- Padded Cell (3:18) -- Schreber's Writing Down Machine (2:28) -- Schreber's Agitation (2:02) -- Gender Transformation (2:08) -- Parental Control (3:32) -- Journals of a Mad Man (2:42) -- Court Appearance (2:37) -- Restored to the Family (4:25) -- Step-Daughter (4:45) -- Epilog (1:41) -- Credits: Shock Head Soul: The Story of Daniel Paul Schreber (3:22)
Abstract He was a respected judge in 19th-century Germany, but at age 51 Daniel Paul Schreber began claiming to receive messages from God via a "writing down machine" that spanned the cosmos. He spent several years in an asylum, tortured by delusions of cosmic control and convinced he was shifting gender. During his confinement he wrote Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, a volume later referenced in detail by Freud. In it, Schreber argued that his belief system was a matter of religious freedom and that he was sane enough to live with his wife and daughter. This film uses a variety of creative approaches to document and examine Schreber's case. In doing so it explores the intimate link between family secrets, psychiatric methodology, and the limits to our contemporary understanding of mental illness.
General noteEncoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 20, 2012.
General noteFilms on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Access restrictionAccess requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Interest grade level 11 & up.
Technical detailsMode of access: Internet.
Technical detailsSystem requirements: FOD playback platform.
LanguageClosed-captioned.
Source of descriptionTitle from distributor's description.
Genre/formEducational films.
Genre/formInternet videos.
Genre/formVideorecording.
Publisher number49671 Films Media Group

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