Presented in elegant black-and-white CinemaScope, Nunnally Johnson’s psychological drama features a standout performance from Joanne Woodward.
The Three Faces of Eve is a fascinating portrayal of multiple personality disorder, paving the way for films such as Hitchcock’s Psycho and Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Based on the book of the same name written by psychiatrists Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley—who also helped write the screenplay—the film is a captivating watch, held up by Joanne Woodward’s Academy Award-winning lead performance.
Suffering from headaches and inexplicable blackouts, timid housewife Eve White (Woodward) begins seeing a psychiatrist, Dr Luther (Lee J. Cobb). As they talk, a new ‘personality’—the wild, fun-loving Eve Black—emerges. Eve Black knows everything about Eve White, but Eve White is unaware of Eve Black. Through hypnosis and continued therapy, Dr. Luther strives to help Eve recall the trauma of her past.
This screening will be introduced by Dr Tim Snelson, Senior Lecturer in Media History at the University of East Anglia.
Demons of the Mind
Demons of the Mind is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project that offered the first interdisciplinary study of the interactions of cinema and the ‘psy’ sciences (psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis) in the defining ‘long Sixties’ period of the mid-1950s to early 1970s. The research has demonstrated how psychiatrists and psychologists intervened in and influenced cinema culture in unprecedented ways, changing how films were produced, censored, exhibited, and received by audiences.
Demons of the Mind is now partnering with the Science Museum Group in exploring the vital roles converging material cultures of media and mental health played in shaping and circulating understandings of psychological ideas and practices. For more information, visit the project website.