This movie plunges the depths of despair generated by a society that insists on conformity. Never mind Communist, Nazi, Liberal or Conservative. It's all the same, shallow cretins grasping at straws looking to live their dreams through others vicariously and symbiotically. Jessica Lang was superb for the part. She is beautiful as an older woman now, I had no idea of her celestial beauty as a young woman. She was perfect for this role and played it exquisitely.
I knew people even in the 1970's that still underwent the barbarism of electroshock therapy, one friend finally committed suicide before he could be institutionalized again. My favorite poet, song writer and musician, Townes Van Zant, went through insulin shock therapy at college age, which "knowing" doctors were sure was an effective "cure", it totally wiped out most of memory and gave him a gift for connecting with reality like few before or sense. Allopaths may be more "hygienic" now, but beneath the veneer of "professionalism" lurk gentrified witch doctors that for the most part still refuse to look outside their own narrow training to investigate collateral sciences and they promote Big Pharma's cures nearly exclusively because most of their post medical school training is sponsored, and wined and dined at conferences, etc, by Big Pharma which has a vested interested in maintaining people in as long a state of chronic illness as possible and dependent upon expensive drugs that they manufacture. Americans pay a lot more for Big Pharmas products than citizens of any other country because the pharmaceutical industry's lobbyists back so many campaigns for national office and retiring, rejected politicians and government FDA, etc dignitaries get cushy revolving door jobs for having helped the bastards rape our country.
On average, the lowest GPA's in medical schools become psychiatrists and Frances Farmer's incarcerations by MD "psychiatric experts" has since advanced to incarceration and incapacitation of the general population of the US by making citizens totally dependent on drugs, most of them with severely debilitating side effects. There are many more effective results being obtained, and often quickly, from nutritional research, Chiropractic and Naturopathic specialties. For instance, a 2013 release of research by an English MD, taking a clue from Bariatric surgery (limiting stomach size in morbidly obese patients, most of whom were severely Type 2 Diabetic) patients that recovered from Type 2 Diabetes in as little as 6 weeks, concluded that the cause was fatty liver which signaled the pancreas to stop sending it more insulin because that was converting excess carbohydrates into more liver fat. Thus "insulin resistance" is not the cause of Type 2 Diabetes, the overly fat liver from refined carbohydrates is. People having been on insulin for years, would get off of it within 6 months at most! And shed a lot of weight, healthily, in the process and regain health, simply by eliminating refined carbs and increasing vegetables and salads dramatically. These results were released in the Journal of the American Diabetic Association. Most MD's still treat Type 2 Diabetes as, "Once diabetic, always diabetic!" Nose to the grindstone, they simply ignore the research and successful treatments from other countries!
Most Allopaths (MD's) keep us enslaved to drugs and will keep adding them as they treat symptoms without determining real causes. Other sciences have discovered miraculous stuff, but MD's don't want to now for the most part, believing that if it worked, Big Pharma would embrace it!
We now have a society that disdains limits and yet most citizens are less free, less creative, and more into conforming than ever to the narrow niches that post modernism places people into, everyone being a defined minority of some sort. Frances Farmer's problem was that she fit nobody's "picture" of the way it should be. Paradoxically, we now have too many pictures for people to fit into, and all are just as much a trap as were society's expectations for Ms Farmer's.