Hysteria: A new romantic comedy about the invention of the Vibrator

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April 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm  •  Posted in Movies by  •  0 Comments

A new film which just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and scheduled for wide release in late May, details the early history of the Vibrator, much as the stage play “In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play)” did, only without so many of the bothersome historical details. As the Variety reports the films credits winkingly acknowledge as much: “This story is based on true events. Really.”

Featuring Maggie Gylenhaal, our favourite actress for odd sexuality tales since her starring role in The Secretary, Hugh Dancy, and Jonathan Pryce, the film is more romantic comedy than serious exploration of a time when women’s sexuality was barely considered, and the vibrator was invented as a labour saving device for doctors who were manually massaging women to orgasm to cure them of “female hysteria.”

Still, Maggie Gylenhaal, so you can expect to E.V. there!

Read the film review at Variety

Read ‘Hysteria’ and the Long, Strange History of the Vibrator at The Daily Beast

 

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