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Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, Randall Berger, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud, Nicholas Bell
David Helfgott
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Pianist David's rapid, partially enunciated speech illustrates numerous kinds of thought disorder: flight of ideas, clang association, logorrhea, loose association, verbigeration, derailment, echolalia, fragmentation, interpenetration, paralogia, perseveration. Do we see evidence of mania? David seems to manifest neither delusions nor hallucinations. How might you diagnose him? Schizoaffective disorder? (0:00, 0:03, 0:17)

David soaked but oblivious to rain. (0:02, 1:17)

David’s mother Rachel tells piano teacher Ben, “He still wets his bed.” (0:21)

David’s father Peter asks Rachel, referring to Ben, “Does he know... about how your sisters died and my mother and father?” (0:25)

Piano Prof. Cecil tells David, referring to Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto, “Well, no one’s ever been mad enough to attempt the Rach 3.”
David: ”Am I mad enough professor?” (0:52)

David learn’s that his friend Katharine has died. (0:56)

David undergoes electroconvulsive therapy, apparently unmodified, administered with bitemporal electrodes held in place by a rubber head band. Grand mal seizure follows. (1:04)

His sister Suzie visits David on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital. David perseverates and uses clang associations. We see a patient with shuffling Parkinsonian gait in the background. (1:07)

Recreation therapy in the hospital. (1:10)

A staff member tells another staff member, referring to David, “He kind of lives in his own little world.” (1:12)

Sign: “Glendale Psychiatric Hospital.” (1:13)

David's waitress friend Sylvia tells her astrologer friend Gillian, “It’s a madhouse.” (1:26)

David, apparently elated, and naked except for an overcoat, bounces on a trampoline while listening to music. (1:27)

David tells Gillian, “Oh, poor Maurice. He's all unraveled. All un-Raveled.” (1:37)

David visits his father’s grave with Gillian. They walk through the cemetery. “Oh, we just need to seize the reason for the season.” (1:40)

Reference in David Helfgott: A Musical Journey