Books: Escape from Fantasy

I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN

Directed by ANTHONY PAGE Screenplay by GAVIN LAMBERT and LEWIS JOHN CARLINO

This latest in a long line of movies about mental institutions is chiefly distinguished by what it does not do. It does not revel in too many lurid scenes of zany inmates being violent or bestial (though it has its share, enough to earn it an R rating). It does not idealize the mental institution as a citadel of scientific wisdom and compassion, nor caricature it as a latter-day Bedlam administered by sadists. It does not explain away its protagonist's schizophrenia with some unearthed...

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