Beautiful Dreamers (Dead or Alive)

Beautiful Dreamers (John Kent Harrison, 1990)


When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman has avant-garde ideas on the subject of mental illness. This movie  is based on true events. Dr. Bucke became an important biographer of Walt Whitman.


Still from Love and Death on Long Island (Richard Kwietniowski, 1997). Canadian-American actor Jason Priestley as Ronnie Bostock preparing to quote Whitman at his mother’s grave site:


289. The Untold Want

The untold want, by life and land ne’er granted, Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.