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Psychiatry in Russia (1955)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Albert Maysles produced, wrote and directed this 14 minute short that takes a look at the mental hospitals in Russia. We're told that the director was given access to twelve different hospitals where he was able to film what was going on in regards to mental treatment including that for syphilis. PSYCHIATRY IN Russia isn't the greatest film ever made and it's certainly no where near the director's best but if you're a fan of Maysles then this will be interesting to you simply because it was the first film he directed. There's some nice cinematography to be found here but overall there's no doubt that this falls well short of being good. With that said, there are some interesting scenes discussing what happens at the hospitals but I must admit that the majority of the film just drags thanks in large part to some narration that is just way too dry for its own good.


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