In 1955, Albert Maysles traveled to Russia, 16mm camera in hand. During this trip, he shot what was to become his first film, PSYCHIATRY IN RUSSIA, an unprecedented view into Soviet mental healthcare. Originally televised by the David Garroway Show on NBC-TV in 1956.
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Beautiful 16mm footage. Digital will never replace the honesty of these kind of documented visuals.
Surprising that Mayles did such a quotidian happy film. Was he hired by the Soviets to do so?
It turns out that in Russia people had better life inside mental institution that outside.