BUZZWORTHY: 'Hysteria' Vibrates With History, Hugh Dancy
Maggie Gyllenhaal plays one of the first women to use an electronic dildo
Hysteria is one film the entire Tribeca Film Festival will be buzzing about — in more ways than one. Directed by Tanya Wexler, Hysteria stars Hugh Dancy as a Victorian-era doctor attempting to cure women of their, um, afflictions. Under the dignified name of science, Dancy's character invents and patents the very first vibrator, while breaking down some of proper society's most heavily guarded norms.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, 33, also stars in Hysteria, which had its first premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011. Gyllenhaal thinks the movie, which is light-hearted most of the time, deserves all the attention it has been receiving due to its racy subject matter. "It's about vibrators and women's orgasms, and I don't think people really do talk about it very much, and I do think it does still make us flushed and uncomfortable," she said.
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