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Murmur of the Heart

Film/Video

Image courtesy of Janus Films

Image courtesy of Janus Films

Image courtesy of Janus Films

Murmur of the Heart

(Louis Malle, 1971)

Narrative Medicine: A Films & Comix Series

Find out why medical students and practitioners are turning to the humanities (especially narrative studies of literature, film, and comix), and see how the arts and humanities have often honed in on stories of patients, doctors, and other health care practitioners. This series of screenings and events illuminates an exciting new “narrative medicine” movement based on the premise that narrative competence enhances medical competence even as medical experiences reshape narrative forms. The series complements a two-day multidisciplinary conference.

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 7 PM

Beloved French filmmaker Louis Malle combines comedy, drama, and autobiography in this candid coming-of-age story about a boy’s sexual maturation.

Murmur of the Heart follows a precocious adolescent as he’s diagnosed with a heart murmur after a bout with scarlet fever and (thanks to a booking accident) forced to room with his mother at the sanatorium. Nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award. (118 mins., 35mm)

Sponsored by Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine, Student Health Services, Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Classics, Department of English and its Project Narrative, Department of French and Italian, Humanities Institute, Digital Storytelling Program (a cooperative effort of the Digital Union and University Libraries), Film Studies Program, Popular Culture Studies, Disability Studies (a program of DISCO, the Disability & Identity Studies Cooperative), and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Support provided by an Ohio State University Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Grant.