Savannah Movie Series #7: Three Faces of Eve LbNA # 38492
|Placed Date||Mar 16 2008|
WARNING...another attempt to tie a Savannah film to nonrelated Savannah site. (PLUS...as a bonus...a political/social statement)
The Three Faces of Eve, both a best-selling book and a major motion picture, is the true story of a young housewife who suffered from multiple personality disorder (MPD). Her psychiatrists, Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, published the book in 1957, and a film adaptation was released that same year. Produced and directed by Nunnally Johnson, a Georgia native, the film featured another Georgian, Joanne Woodward, in the title role. Most of the filming took place over two months in the spring of 1957, with a few exterior scenes shot in Savannah.
By today's standards, the book appears almost quaint and the film rather tame. This story, however, was a groundbreaker when it appeared. To understand its impact, one must consider the cultural climate of the United States following World War II (1941-45). Soldiers were returning home suffering from psychological distress, and the reality of the atomic bomb created unease among the general public.
This atmosphere fostered a keen interest in psychology and psychiatry, and general readers devoured works popularizing these previously esoteric fields. Schizophrenia and MPD—two separate illnesses—were especially fascinating and lent themselves well to melodrama. Until The Three Faces of Eve appeared, however, few clinicians had so meticulously documented and widely dispersed information on a case of MPD, and no Hollywood film had depicted the true story of an MPD patient.
Here comes my political/social statement. While I encourage you to consider you are welcome to skip to the ** for the clue. Presently, the military is putting already-strained troops at greater risk of mental health problems because of repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Issuing an urgent warning, the Defense Department’s Task Force on Mental Health chaired by Navy Surgeon General Donald Arthur said more than one-third of troops and veterans currently suffer from problems such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
With an escalating Iraq war, those numbers are expected to worsen, and current staffing and money for military health care won’t be able to meet the need, the group said in a preliminary report released Thursday. The system of care for psychological health that has evolved in recent decades is not sufficient to meet the needs of today’s forces and their beneficiaries, and will not be sufficient to meet the needs in the future.
Imagine what post-war cultural films and books might arise as Three Faces of Eve did following WW2...
** You will find the Three Faces of Eve letterbox at Lott's Island on Hunter Army Airfield. (Directions to Lott's Island can be found in the Logan's 1st Birthday clue) Follow the circle drive around the perimeter of the park stopping 1/2 way around the circle (past the marina and volleyball court) You will find the box hidden underneath pine needles at the base of a palmetto and tree growing together. Please rehide well.
This box is #7 out of 10 in the Savannah Movie Box series. Record the clue written inside and combine with 1-9 in the series to learn the location of the #10 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil box.