89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #66 – The Snake Pit (1948)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 66th review of the 89 chosen Films…

snake-pit“Working 18 hours a day and being lonely 24. ” – Virginia

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Feb 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A woman finds herself in a mental institution and tries to figure out how she got there and what she must do in order to go back home.

My Take on it – This is yet another film on this list of Best Picture nominees that I had never even heard of before watching it.

Based on the title, I assumed it was an action/adventure film, but boy was this so very different than that.

This is a film that gives us great insight into how mental health problems were viewed and treated during the 1940’s.

Olivia De Havilland is great as the lead character and we get to see things from her perspective which gives us insight into how someone with mental issues views their own plight and their perspectives on life.

The fact that she must try and recall her own life’s history helps us follow along quite easily because we learn as much about her as she learns about herself.

The viewpoint is disjointed a bit but that can be expected when one tries to remember memories buried deep within the subconscious.

This also gives us a simple and pure perspective on her views on her life and past.

Many changes were apparently made to laws regarding mental institutions after this film came out although it will never be known for sure how much this film’s depictions of the methods used on patients helped those changes come about.

Bottom Line – Very interesting look at how mental patients were treated during the 1940’s. The story keep us as disjointed as the main character since we learn about her past as she remembers it slowly but surely.  De Havilland is amazing here because we get to see her viewpoint on much of the story and it looks at them from a simple and pure perspective.  Supposedly, this film helped change many laws as to how mental patients are treated. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mary Jane Ward’s book, the basis for this film, was an autobiographical account of the author’s experiences in psychiatric hospitals. The book caused considerable controversy upon its publication in 1946, as it was a scathing indictment of the treatment of psychiatric patients, a subject considered taboo in the 1940s. Naturally, the book was a runaway bestseller. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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