HYSTERIA Add To My Top 10
Smutty Feminist Propaganda
Release Date: May 18, 2012
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Tanya Wexler
Executive Producer: None
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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The story is a highly fictionalized biography of Dr. Mortimer Granville, the inventor of a hand-held electrical massage machine. Apparently, the machine began to be used to stimulate women’s sexual pleasure, a use that the real Dr. Granville himself opposed.
In the movie, however, the 47-year-old Granville becomes a young doctor concerned about sterilization issues in the medical establishment in London. He keeps losing his job at various hospitals and clinics because the doctors in charge don’t believe sterilizing instruments and keeping their hospitals clean are important.
Granville gets a job with an older widowed doctor named Dalrymple. Dr. Dalrymple treats “hysteria” in women by massaging their private parts to the point of release. The women come to the doctor for treatment of various psychological ills, including anxiety, depression, and just plain boredom. Granville takes over for his boss in giving the massages to the women. Soon, all sorts of “hysterical” women are flocking to their practice to get relief from the handsome Dr. Granville.
The benefits of Granville’s new job include Dr. Dalrymple’s two beautiful daughters, Charlotte and Emily. Granville takes up with Emily, because Charlotte’s a radical troublemaker and feminist. She also runs a home for poor women and children. Granville admires Charlotte’s concern for the poor, but is shocked by her lack of propriety. So, he and Emily get engaged, but problems ensue.
First, Granville gets hand cramps but, with help from his friend, invents the world’s first electrical vibrator. Then, Charlotte’s father secretly buys the note to her home for the poor and gets it shut down. She confronts her father and hits a policeman during a scuffle. So, her father tries to get her committed to an insane asylum for hysteria rather than jail. As an expert in hysteria, Granville is called to testify. Will he go along with his boss, or defend Charlotte?
The sexual nature of Granville’s new job is clear to modern viewers watching HYSTERIA. Though giving women a sexual massage was indeed one of the treatments for hysteria in Victorian England, the doctors at the time apparently considered it a clinical release of the nervous system rather than some kind of lewd practice. The filmmakers try to mine some comedy from the characters’ naïveté regarding this lewd plotline. The movie’s comic tone continues until Charlotte’s father tries to have her committed because he disagrees with her feminist politics.
In the end, the filmmakers side with Charlotte’s feminist activism. [SPOILER] Also, the hero decides he loves Charlotte, not Emily. At her trial, he cites her work with poor women and children, and calls her the most Christian woman he’s ever met. His reference to Christianity, however, is a social gospel of works, not a gospel built on faith in Jesus Christ and His vicarious atonement for our sins.
Overall, HYSTERIA has a very strong Romantic, feminist, politically correct worldview. There’s also strong sexual content and some foul language. Finally, it also distorts history by focusing on the smuttier aspects of the now-discredited theory of hysteria in women. The movie falsifies Dr. Granville’s personal biography to connect the invention of a sex toy with the radical feminist movement of today. Thus, HYSTERIA is another example among many others of the lies that leftists have to tell in order to promote their false, abhorrent ideology.
HYSTERIA places its lewd subject matter and feminist politics into the context of a romantic comedy set 130 years ago. In doing that, it has to falsify the biography of the real Dr. Granville, who invented the first hand-held electrical massage machine. In fact, at the time of the story here, Dr. Granville would have been 47-years-old. Thus, HYSTERIA is another smutty leftist movie that tells lies.