Ms. Magazine gives thumbs up to the biopic 10 Days in a Madhouse starring the charming Caroline Barry as Nellie Bly. Ms Magazine critic Maria Paschyn says, “…she did her most impressive work in 1887 when, at just 23 years old, she pretended to be insane for an undercover report on the conditions at a women’s mental asylum on Blackwell’s Island in New York City. She spent 10 grueling and horrifying days in the institution but never regretted it, because her expose for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World would shake the nation to its core. Thanks to her, the asylum was later demolished.”
Ms. critic went on to say, “I have long thought that Nellie Bly’s life story would be perfect for the big screen. You can’t get much more daring and badass than Bly. Now finally, someone else agrees! A new film called 10 Days in a Madhouse tells the incredible story of Bly’s chilling undercover investigation.
THe first 2017 Academy Awards contender 10 Days in a Madhouse received a rave review from Ms. Magazine.
“Written and directed by Timothy Hines, I can honestly say this movie is a must-see. Nellie Bly’s heroism and courage truly come to life on the screen, thanks to the work of talented up-and-coming actor Caroline Barry. Barry is instantly magnetic as Bly, and it’s hard not to root for and fall in love with her character as the story progresses.”
The review adds, “Hines also does a great job showing just how grotesque and abusive the conditions really were at Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum. In the film, Bly encounters creepy and uncaring doctors, sadistic nurses and several incarcerated women who are clearly not insane and should never have been sent to the asylum in the first place. Several are locked up for reasons that would make feminists rage, such as catching their husband having an affair, just being poor, or not being able to speak English well enough to plead their case,” and “all of the asylum patients are well played, most particularly by actors Julia Chantrey, Natalia Davidenko and Jessa Campbell. Christopher Lambert is strong as the superintendent, but his character comes off as largely one-dimensional, as do the tyrannical nurses. The film also misses a few opportunities to up the tension. For instance, I had hoped for a more cathartic climax when Bly confronts Dr. Dent after he has killed her friend.”
Read the entire review on the Ms. Magazine Blogpage here: http://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/11/11/fearless-feminist-reporter-nellie-bly-hits-the-big-screen/
10 Days in a Madhouse, starts Friday March 18th at the Emerald Cinemas Amsterdam NY and The Movieplex in Johnstown NY and Monday March 21st a special event screening at the Strand Theatre in Clinton MA. 10 Days in a Madhouse now playing in its 17th week in select US theaters.
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