Wrap-Up – Medicine in the Movies Blogathon!

This has been a great weekend of sharing information and overall appreciation of cinema related to medicine. I have to thank everyone who participated, read and commented on posts, and shared the news about this blogathon! You all definitely made this such a wonderful experience, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. I will definitely be hosting blogathons in the future!

As promised, here is a list of films to include in the wrap-up, as well as links to each day of the blogathon! Thanks again!

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – Dr. Kildare Film Series (1938 – 1942)

Tranquil Dreams – My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

B Noir Detour – A Woman’s Face (1938 & 1941)


Day 1 Recap – Medicine in the Movies Blogathon!

Day 2 Recap – Medicine in the Movies Blogathon!

Day 3 Recap – Medicine in the Movies Blogathon!


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Day 2 Recap – Medicine in the Movies Blogathon!

So we have come to the end of the second day of the Medicine in the Movies Blogathon. The posts today have been very excellent, interesting, and educational! Here is a list for your perusing!


Cinematic Scribblings – The Wild Child (1970)

The Picture Show Girl – Dr. Jack (1922)

Champagne for Lunch – Three Men in White (1944)

Noirish – She Devil (1957)

Lifesdailylessonsblog – Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Movies Silently – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912)

Cinematic Corner – The Fountain (2006)


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Until tomorrow, my fellow bloggers!

Countdown to Medicine in the Movies Blogathon (May 26 – 28, 2017)!

Time flies when you are having fun blogging! I can’t believe that it is a week until I host my first blogathon. I am extremely excited to read, write, share ideas, and to learn more about medicine’s incorporation into the world of cinema. I am so pleased with the lineup of participants and topics they are going to discuss. The list is super diverse and interesting!

If interested, there is definitely still time to sign up to participate in the blogathon! Just write a message in the comments section and I will add your blog name and movie selection to the roster!

Here is a link to the original announcement containing the list of bloggers who have signed up thus far and their topic: Medicine in the Movies Blogathon Announcement! May 26 – 28, 2017

Once you send me a topic to write about, please feel free to use any of the banners below on your blog to inform others about the blogathon 🙂 Happy blogging!






Medicine in the Movies Blogathon Announcement! May 26 – 28, 2017

Hi to all! As many of you know, I am quite new to the blogging world. I just started in November, but I have been enjoying it so much. One of the best parts of blogging is connecting with others online who share and love very similar interests, and I have been finding that blogathons are such a great way to do that 🙂

I decided to launch my own blogathon with a bit of an offbeat topic. I have always found the topic of “medicine” and its varied portrayal in movies and visual media quite fascinating, as I have a background in public health and medicine. Some portrayals are quite accurate, such as the brilliant TV show Scrubs. Others are not so accurate. Either way, many are entertaining and extremely heartfelt.


So please feel free to write about any movie where there is some relation to medicine! For example, the main characters may be physicians or nurses, or they may be patients and family members dealing with illness.

Duplicates will be allowed but no more than two per movie or topic. However, you are welcome to write more than one post!

Please let me know which movie you wish to discuss! You can post your topic in the comment section below, send me a message through the “Contact” section of my blog, or send me a message through Facebook via the following link: https://www.facebook.com/charsmoviereviews/ I will keep an updated list! Please note the name of your blog and the url. Once your topic is confirmed, please use one of the pictures in this post to spread the word about this blogathon, and please tag “Medicine in the Movies” on the day which you decide to post.

I am excited about this! Happy blogging 🙂

The List So Far

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

Cinematic Scribblings – The Wild Child (1970)

Maddylovesherclassicfilms – The Nun’s Story (1959)

Tranquil Dreams – My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

The Movie Rat – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

I Found it at the Movies – All That Jazz (1979)

Silver Screenings – Night Nurse (1931)

Moon In Gemini – Madame Bovary (1949)

Picture Show Girl – High and Dizzy (1920), Dr. Jack (1922), & Good Night, Nurse (1918)

Realweegiemidget – K-PAX (2001)

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood – Judy Garland’s struggle with addiction and Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)

That William Powell Site – Arrowsmith (1931)

Movie Movie Blog Blog – A Day at the Races (1937)

Movies Silently – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912)

Champagne for Lunch – 3 Men in White (1944)

The Motion Pictures – Eyewitness (1956)

The Midnite Drive-In – Monk (2002 – 2009)

dbmoviesblog – Spellbound (1945)

Thoughts All Sorts – Tombstone (1993)

Whimsically Classic – Errol Flynn’s various roles portraying a doctor

Pfeiffer Films and Meg Movies – City of Angels (1998)

The Flapper Dame – Made for Each Other (1939)

movierob – MASH (1970)*, Awakenings (1990), & Patch Adams (1998)

Listening to Film – Coma (1978)

Michael Eddy – MASH (1970)* & The Hospital (1971)

Cinematic Corner – The Fountain (2006)

Old School Evil – The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Critica Retro – A Farewell to Arms (1932 & 1957)

seanmunger.comReversal of Fortune (1990)

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – Dr. Kildare film series (1938 – 1942)

B Noir Detour – A Woman’s Face (1938 & 1941)

For The Love Of Movies – Contagion (2011) & Persona (1966) 

lifesdailylessonsblog – Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Noirish – She Devil (1957)

 – * Please note that MASH has been taken twice and can thus no longer be selected as an entry in this blogathon. Thanks for understanding!





The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

Individuals experience and express a vast range of emotions when faced with challenging life circumstances. Frustration, anger, hope, and determination are among said sentiments. Some may also avoid facing life-altering fears and encounters, later regretting their evasion. However, the course of life events may swerve such that our approach to opposition is tested and there is no option but perseverance. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is a powerfully constructed Academy Award-nominated French film directed by Julian Schnabel, delving into these ideas. The true story of the film is in itself quite remarkable, but the methods of its conveyance are equally incredible.

Jean-Dominique Bauby (played by Mathieu Amalric) was the very successful editor of the French ELLE magazine, and also has three children. He suffered a very severe stroke affecting his brainstem at the young age of 42, resulting in locked-in syndrome. Bauby could clearly understand every word spoken to him. However, he was unable to communicate verbally and was also completely paralyzed. The extremely strong-willed speech language pathologist Henriette Durand (Marie-Josee Croze) used a French language frequency-ordered alphabet to encourage communication with Bauby, as he would blink with his left eye to verify specific letters to be used to create words and sentences. It was with great resolve and fortitude that he decided to fulfill his contract with a local publisher. This process was thus initiated with the aid of patient stenographer Claude Mendibil (Anne Consigny).

This film was unfortunately ineligible for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2008 due its production by the American Kennedy-Marshall Company. It was nominated for four awards however, including Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (Ronald Harwood), Best Film Editing (Juliette Welfling), and Best Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski). These were all very deserving, in my opinion. Bauby’s first person perspective and narrative are imperative in empathizing with him in his dire situation. This also allows us to appreciate the imagination and memories that he dearly cherishes, as we all must cling to these as a means of identity preservation. The interweaving of the past and present combined with beautiful and sometimes harsh images of nature enhance the storytelling, creating a contrast between the joys and sorrows of daily life.

As briefly mentioned in the previous paragraph, the beauty and bleakness of existence are frequently discussed in the film. The title of the film alludes to this as well. The images and references of a diving bell represents the sensation of confinement that is a part of Bauby’s new reality. However, the butterfly images and references signify positivity, hope, and perseverance within this entrapment. Other characters express former and current sentiments of captivity to Bauby as a means of boosting his coping skills and outlook. Overall, I believe that humans feel a variety of restrictions in self-expression. For example, one character in the film was once held hostage while another’s mobility was highly limited and thus could not leave their apartment. As stated in the film, maintaining one’s sense of humanity and integrity through these situations provides great motivation and a will to live. I feel that this ideology rings true to so many challenging situations we face, and that tenacity is achieved through this core belief.


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This movie review is part of the “31 Days of Oscar” Blogathon hosted by Aurora of Once Upon A Screen…, Kellee of Outspoken and Freckled, and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club. I am very excited to take part in this blogathon, and look forward to reading a wide variety of interesting posts!