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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1987)

Opera singer and professor Dr P is examined both in a clinic and in his home, as he suffers from a degeneration of the occipital lobe that allows him to see details, but not wholes.

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John Tighe ...
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Emile Belcourt ...
The Neurologist [Dr S] (Tenor)
Patricia Hooper ...
Mrs. P (Soprano)
Frederick Westcott ...
Dr. P (Baritone)
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Based on an Oliver Sacks case study, Dr P is a baritone opera singer who cannot distinguish his students until they speak. He suffers from visual agnosia, more specifically prosopagnosia, which only allows him to see details that he must cognitively assemble to identify an object. For example, he can describe a rose as a "convoluted red form with a linear green extension," but can only identify it as a rose by smell. Dr S, the neurologist, examines him, first in a clinic, then in his home environment, and deals with Dr P's concerned wife, culminating in a heated argument about whether Dr P's paintings are abstract art or the result of his occipital degeneration. Dr S only learns how Dr and Mrs P cope with the situation, but cannot diagnose the situation. The opera, filmed cinematically on locations and sets and not on a theatrical stage, is intercut, sometimes jarringly, with footage of Oliver Sacks reflecting on his encounters with Dr P, as well as scenes of a pathologist examining ... Written by Scott Andrew Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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A Neurological Opera

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The man who....
17 March 2000 | by (Herts) – See all my reviews

Why is it that everyone is so fascinated with how attractive Lorraine Mills is. Personally I think she's a bit of a trog. This film was crushingly disappointing at the box office, possibly because everyone was too busy administering the production of boxes. (!) The man in the film, mistakes his darling wifey, for a hat. This film is uplifting in a curious sort of way, until the gun-toting, hat-throwing finale, which I thought was a bit far fetched. Even I know there weren't pterydactils in 1940s Chicago.


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