You make a very good point, a view that needs to be considered and respected. At least in some cases art truly does imitate life, and some cancer films are nailing it when it comes to accurate depiction of the beast.
What you bring up sort of reminds me of something I noticed in an old prison film I watched on TV not long ago. The film was "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), which most of you have probably either seen or know about
I'm thinking of the scene in the film where actors Paul Newman as Luke and George Kennedy as a fellow inmate engage in a brutal boxing match, leaving Newman's character badly beaten. But then the scene shifts to the following day, and there is Luke looking just fine, with handsome, untouched face, going happily about
, as if nothing had happened. Whereas in reality his face would have been puffed up, bruised purple, eyes likely swollen shut, and his physical condition a mess.
But of course film plots distort reality as they see the need to, if they consider that’s what the plot calls for.
So what about
films in general, what about
what the article says? Do they portray cancer as "grimmer " than it really is, or do they describe it as it in fact is?
Well, maybe the truth of the matter is that what they are saying is: "This isn't the way it usually is, but this is indeed the way it can be."
I wasn't familiar with this film, "Venus," starring Peter O'Toole, but here are some facts on it, and it does indeed look like a good film, a film worth the watching.
The Wikipedia article for this film quotes a critic:"Audiences may attend to witness Peter O'Toole's Oscar worthy performance, but they'll also be treated to a humane, tender exploration of maturing with both dignity and irreverence."/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_%28film%29
And here is a Youtube trailer for the film, and the film is of course available on Amazon and other places for those interested in it:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-XsErH6WJI
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower