In Flowers for Algernon (by D. Keyes) there is a passage describing a movie that main protagonist was watching:

A psychological film about a man and woman apparently in love but actually destroying each other. Everything suggests that the man is going to kill his wife but at the last moment, something she screams out in a nightmare makes him recall something that happened to him during his childhood. The sudden memory shows him that his hatred is really directed at a depraved governess who had terrified him with frightening stories and left a flaw in his personality. Excited at discovering this, he cries out with joy so that his wife awakens. He takes her in his arms and the implication is that all his problems have been solved.

Movie's title was not given. Does the described movie actually exist (if so - what's the title?) or is it invented by novel's author for narrative purposes?

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    lol this is a very meta story-id question. The story we are actually being asked to identify wouldn't be on-topic on the site, yet it comes from an on-topic film. Neat! Off-topic story id questions have a loophole now! Write a quick Harry Potter fan-fic about him dreaming of some random story / movie and ask what was he dreaming about ;D
    – NKCampbell
    Jan 11, 2020 at 2:43
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    Neither the wikipedia page nor the TV tropes page identifies the film which leads me to suspect Keyes invented it for narrative purposes. Plato's allegory of the cave and Don Quixote are referenced and identifiable in the book but it seems not this film. Keyes drew on many real life experiences from teaching students with special needs and even came up with the basic idea of intelligence improvement when he argued with his parents who were pushing him to study medicine, so narrative purposes seems very likely, but unless someone can find a quote from him we dont know for certain
    – skyjack
    Jun 19, 2020 at 2:49
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    @skyjack: The described film is Plato's allegory of the cave and Don Quixote, just mixed up and jumbled around a bit.
    – Kevin
    Sep 15, 2020 at 23:56
  • If only you'd asked this question back in 2010 while Keyes was still alive... Apr 21 at 21:14


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