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Joker distorts link between mental illness and violence

The critically acclaimed film Joker is playing to packed cinemas, but its portrayal of mental illness is worrying 
Picture shows a scene from the movie Joker in which the star, Joaquin Phoenix, wearing clown makeup, is looking at a mirror on which has been written, ‘Put on a happy face.’ The article argues that Joker’s portrayal of mental illness is worrying. 

The critically acclaimed film Joker is playing to packed cinemas, but its portrayal of mental illness is worrying

The world of cinema has long used mental illness as a focus for a riveting story. Who can forget the stellar performances of Jack Nicholson in The Shining and, of course, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

In one he descends into some vague but violent disorder and terrorises his family, and in the other he plays a ‘sane’ interloper in a 1960s state asylum, dominated by the brutal Nurse Ratched.

Influence of popular culture on public opinion

The depiction of electroconvulsive therapy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is believed to have dissuaded many from receiving a treatment that, the evidence suggests, can be beneficial. Ultimately, Nicholson’s free-spirited character is subjected to a

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