Reality cinema (letter)by Jo-anne SmithNews Weekly
, June 29, 2002
Yes, Mr Teachout ("A Beautiful Mind sentimentalises psychosis", NW
, June 1, 2002) schizophrenia would surely be agony, as any mental ill-health is.
What exactly did you want from A Beautiful Mind
? I believe that it showed that there is hope, not only despair.
There are numerous cases where love has played a bigger part in recovery than drugs have.
I don't really care what slant Howard and Goldsman put on the Cold War - the movie was not about the Cold War.
As for not giving us all the dirt on John Nash - good for them! If it's dirt I want I'll watch a documentary; I don't pay to go to the movies to come out depressed (pardon the pun).
If I had schizophrenia and saw it portrayed the way you suggest, I would probably want to do myself in.
As in As Good as it Gets,
(a movie about obsessive compulsive disorder) the whole truth was not told. Nevertheless, the movie was entertaining and the theme of love conquering was used well.
Don't take away our comic relief, life can be hard enough!Jo-anne Smith,
Baulkham Hills, NSW