This document is a written account of the research, development, and writing of a feature film that underscores the personal choices a man faces in light of receiving the news that he has cancer. It analyzes the subject of cancer, with its effects on the patient and those who give care and support. This film is a comedy born out of tragedy, but it by no means downplays the seriousness of a life-threatening disease. It portrays the real-to-life problems that one faces as they come closer to the inevitable end of life. Therefore, a brief review of the history of laughter as a form of medicine, which led to the use of clowns in hospital wards, is included. Finally, the screenplay for the film is included in Appendix One.
|Department:||School of Communication & the Arts|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Film studies, Health education, Social research|
|Keywords:||Cancer, Clowns, Hospital, Laughter, Original film|
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