Losing One’s Self: The Depiction of Female Dementia Sufferers in Iris (2001) and The Iron Lady (2011)

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Abstract

Two recent biographical films depict the decline of two famous women who are suffering from Alzheimer’s: Iris (2001), a biopic about British novelist Iris Murdoch, and The Iron Lady (2011), a biopic about former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. This chapter analyses the filmic portrayal of Iris Murdoch and Margaret Thatcher and examines the depiction of autonomy and dependency in the different stages of their lives. It argues that the tension between their untypically independent younger selves and their highly dependent older selves provides the dramatic power of these two films. It examines the effects this dichotomy imposes on the way of narrating Alzheimer’s Disease and contrasts the two approaches taken in the films.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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