Hysterical Girl

Hysterical Girl

In 1900, Sigmund Freud began treating a 17-year old girl he called "Dora." Her parents brought her to therapy after she accused a family friend of sexual assault. Freud's account of his sessions with Dora was the only major case history he published of a female patient. Intercutting his published text with a scripted version told from Dora's point of view, Hysterical Girl revisits this landmark case. Woven throughout are several decades of cinema, Congressional hearings, and media coverage. What emerges is a portrait of the grip that Freud’s theory of hysteria has had on popular culture over the past century and into the present day.

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Kate Novack


Director: Kate Novack
Producer: Kate Novack, Andrew Rossi
Screenwriter: Kate Novack
Cinematographer: Bryan Sarkinen, Andrew Rossi
Editor: Steven Ross, Co-Editor: Joanne Nerenberg
Music: Olivier Manchon, Clare Manchon
Principal Cast: Tommy Vines, Brian Kelly
Additional Credits: Graphics and Animation: BigStar, Associate Producer: Liam Epstein, Associate Producer: Archer Grano


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Kate Novack
Rossvack Productions
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Kate Novack
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Submarine Entertainment
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Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 13 mins