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Gamers, drug freaks & drunkards

Legal and illegal drugs play a large role in popular feature films, and the subject of addiction has been a popular theme in American and European cinema for over 100 years. From the silent film era to the present day, hedonistic drug use and addiction are shown from different perspectives and either critically or dealt with affirmatively. Substance consumption, intoxication, ecstasy and addiction are illuminated in the feature film either in a funny-funny, melodramatic-tragic, preventive-educational, propagandistic, socially critical or aesthetic way and thus reflect fears, longings, values ​​and historical attitudes towards alternative states of consciousness.

from the content

Absinthe (1913) - Narcotica. The world of dreams and madness (1924) - The Roaring Twenties (1939) - The Lost Weekend (1945) - The man with the golden arm (1955) - The blonde sinner (1962) - Easy Rider (1969) - Christiane F We Children from Zoo Station (1981) - Pink Floyd. The Wall (1982) - Naked Lunch (1991) - Bad Lieutenant (1992) - Trainspotting (1996) - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) - Requiem For A Dream (2000) - Traffic. The Power of the Cartel (2000) - Lammbock. Alles in Handarbeit (2001) - Vollgas (2002) - Spiele Leben (2005) - Shame (2011) - Flight (2012) - The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) - Nymphomaniac (2013) - Don Jon (2013) - Dr. House (2004-2012) - Breaking Bad (2008-2013) - Limitless (2015-2016).

The publishers

Martin Poltrum, professor of psychotherapy science at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, philosopher, psychotherapist and teaching therapist

Bernd Rieken, professor of psychotherapy science at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, private lecturer in European ethnology at the University of Vienna, psychotherapist and training analyst in Baden near Vienna

Thomas Ballhausen, author, literary scholar, archivist, employee at the Literaturhaus Wien, lecturer at the University of Vienna, the University Mozarteum Salzburg and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna


Addiction Alcohol Sex Intoxication Feature Film TV Series Series Movies Cinema TV Series
  • Martin Poltrum
  • Bernd Rieken
  • Thomas Ballhausen
  1. 1. Anton Proksch Institute WienWienAustria
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySigmund Freud University Department of PsychologyWienAustria
  3. 3. WienAustria

About the editors

Univ. Prof. Dr. Mag. Martin Poltrum, lecturer in psychotherapy science at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna
Univ.-Prof. Mag. DDr. Bernd Rieken, Faculty for Psychotherapy Science at the Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna
Mag. Phil. Thomas Ballhausen, Austrian writer, literary and film scholar, editor and translator

Bibliographic information

  • Book TitleGamers, drug freaks & drunkards
  • Book SubtitleRausch, Ecstasy and Addiction in Film and Series
  • Editors Martin Poltrum
    Bernd Rieken
    Thomas Ballhausen
  • DOIhttps: //doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-57377-8
  • Copyright InformationSpringer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature2019
  • Publisher NameSpringer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook PackagesMedicine (German Language)
  • Softcover ISBN978-3-662-57376-1
  • eBook ISBN978-3-662-57377-8
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of PagesXX, 452
  • Number of Illustrations145 b / w illustrations, 0 illustrations in color
  • TopicsPopular Science in Medicine and Health
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