Penn Bioethics Film Festival: The Hospital

Arthur Hiller, UK, 1972, 103 mins.

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The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine will host the fourth annual Penn Bioethics Film Festival: Hospitals, March 26-28.

The screening of The Hospital will begin at 6 pm, and will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 pm. In addition to the screening there will be a panel discussion of the film with Penn faculty Lance Wahlert, Rahul Mukherjee, and Ralph Muller.

This year's other films are M*A*S*H on March 26, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on March 28.

Herbert Bock (George C. Scott), the chief of medicine in a New York City teaching hospital, is contemplating suicide; he's impotent, his wife has left him, and his children aren't speaking to him. His hospital is also suffering from a recent spate of inexplicable deaths. In the midst of these setbacks, Bock is romantically drawn to the much younger Barbara (Diana Rigg), whose father is a patient.