Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter H


The Missus Lady knew right away what movie she wanted me to review for the letter H. Mewwww. The movie is labeled a romantic comedy. Considering the subject matter, it's the best way to go. 

Female hysteria. 

Both Missus Lady and Hero Man had no idea that was a medical thing, and a very common diagnosis at that. Treatment was manual stimulation by a professional physician. I kid you not. Purrrrrrrr.

The other night Missus Lady was wondering if there was a connection between hysteria and hysterectomy. It turns out yeah. The root hystera comes from the Greek, meaning of the womb. According to the Wikipedia article about female hysteria, the condition was known way back in ancient Greece times. Some Greek eggheads thought that a woman's womb wandered about her body, I suppose like a snake, causing all kinds of havoc. What's interesting is that female hysteria stopped being a major complaint in the 1900s.  Could it be because of a certain invention?

Let me assure you that there is nothing erotic or pornographic about the movie. It's your everyday run-of-the-mill funny story about a stressed young man figuring how to handle a demanding job and a love for his fiance's sister.

Hysteria (2011)

Setting: London in the 1880s

Young Dr. Cutie Man (I don't recall his name) is into modern medicine, which is why he can't hold a medical position. Needing a job, he interviews with Old Dr. Creepy Looking Guy who specializes in treating female hysteria. Old Dr. thinks his patients would respond positively to Young Dr.'s firm hands so hires him. Young Dr. is a hit, but the downside is that his hands eventually cramp from the many daily treatments. Enter his friend who has invented an electrical something that looks like a feather duster. Could it be what you think it is? Possibly. Does it help Young Dr. with his treatments? Maybe. Does Old Dr. Creepy Looking Guy become rich? I don't know.

The love part. Old Dr. has two daughters. Younger Sister is a lovely staid gal happy with a traditional life while Older Sister is an independent woman who helps the poor. Young Dr. is attracted to feisty Older Sister who talks ideas, but gets engaged to Younger Sister before he realizes how he feels about Older Sister. The dilemma humans get themselves into.

The story takes place in the late Victorian era. Missus Lady no longer considers the period full of prudes.
 
Purrrrrrrr.




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16 comments:

  1. I think that was touch upon also in Stonehearst Asylum with hysteria

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    1. Haven't heard of that movie, Adam. I'll go check it out, thanks.

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  2. What a fun movie ~ love your post ~ so 'right on' ~ thanks,

    (A ShutterBug Explores)

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    1. We appreciate the comment, Carol and Artmuse. purrrrrr.

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  3. Those Victorians may have a reputation for prudishness, but even a slight scratch beneath the surface reveals a whole lotta naughty bits and other sorts of going's on's :)

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    1. You'd think that Missus Lady would've thought that after reading the Monk & Hester and Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series, both set at the two ends of the Victorian age, by Anne Perry. Mewww.

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  4. This looks like quite the funny movie. I would have thought it was a horror film so glad I know differently

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  5. And is there something to learn from this movie? Does make it clear that hysteria is something that can cause a lot of troubles and has nothing to do with the woomb.. I hope so.

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    1. The lessons, I'd say from this movie, are that independent women exist, particularly in the Victorian age, women have sexual needs, and doctors are human beings, some looking for a quick dollar.

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  6. Hugh Dancy plays Mortimer Granville. Some of my favorite actors in this, but I somehow missed it!

    ROG, ABCW

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    1. Missus Lady thinks that many of the movies they've seen from Netflix never made it big in the movie houses.

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  7. That's one of those movies where I'd need close captioning. I only understand American English. I had to watch all of Downton Abbey that way.

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    1. The Humans often put the subtitles on for the American films because so many of the younger actors mumble their lines. Are they channeling James Dean or what?

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  8. Seems interesting. Wonder what happens.
    Hope he professes his love on time to the younger sister and lives happily ever after with her.

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  9. Sounds interesting. Must see it.

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)