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Black and white film that dealt with mental illness

It was a black and white film, and it had no actors that I recognised. It started off with this woman going into a restaurant and getting either: the last table available and then having to share it with a man OR having to share the table with a man who had had the table before she arrived. Either way, they chatted and had a pleasant evening. I remember that the woman lived alone and was a writer, she lived in an apartment and the landlord was an old lady that stopped by quite a few times. She started seeing the guy, who was nice enough, and she might have broken it off once or twice only to start back up again.

My memory kind of blanks here, but I’m pretty sure they got married. Afterwards, the man started showing signs of mental illness, and I’m thinking he was either diagnosed with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, though I might be wrong. I also want to say that the woman (now his wife) had him committed to an asylum. I didn’t get to finish the movie because I had to leave, but I really want to see it again.
asked Dec 2, 2012 in Name That Movie by sladeninstitute (1 point)

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answered Jan 8, 2013 by sazawal (12 points)
"Autumn Leaves" (1956)
From Wikipedia:
Spinsterish Millicent "Millie" Wetherby (Joan Crawford) works at home as a self-employed typist. One evening in a diner, she meets a lonely young man named Burt Hanson (Cliff Robertson). They take a liking to one another, and eventually they marry.
Burt's ex-wife Virginia (Vera Miles) and his father (Lorne Greene) abruptly enter the scene. Burt is haunted by the day when he discovered his wife and father making love. He begins displaying signs of mental instability with their sudden, unwelcomed presence in his life. When he becomes violent, Millie sends him to a mental hospital.
Burt's condition improves with treatment, and he severs connections with his past. Millie happily discovers he still loves her, and they look forward to a brighter future.
answered Jul 10, 2013 by MystMoonstruck (10,229 points)