The Alienist

The Alienist

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"Newspaper illustrator John Moore meets with criminal psychologist (alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century."--www.imdb.com. First complete season. 10 episodes.
Copyright Date: ©2019
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (440 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Alienist (Television program)

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Eagle_dancer
Oct 05, 2020

This is an excellent series. A spooky, gory telling of murder in the late 1800s' New York City. The cast is superb. Wonderful sets, costumes, etc. I binge watched. It was brilliant, However, if you are not at all familiar with, or do not like the time period, you may not like this show. I lood forward to season 2 on DVD.
continue beyond season 2.

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Patch777
Jul 27, 2020

Very good series

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PiepieB
Feb 11, 2020

It took the first one or two episodes for me to get into this, so definitely a slow burn, but the more I watched it, the more I really got into it and the more I became invested and it was more interesting to me. Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, and Ted Levine were all great; I'm not sure how much I liked the Dakota Fanning casting choice, but by the end of the series she had grown on me a little bit. I would have appreciated more closure with the last episode... maybe the book provides more info?? Definitely a book to look into. Also: this show is gory, bloody, not for the fainthearted, so be careful if you're watching this around little kiddos.

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Miller1114
Nov 23, 2019

I am not a fan of period pieces BUT I did enjoy this series. It did lag at some points but it more than made up for it overall.

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jimg2000
Nov 01, 2019

Highly engaging crime drama though the pace is a bit uneven as the subplots dwell into the social ills, organized crime, corruptions and women's suffrage movement in NYC back in the days. Many of the images and inferred acts take a strong stomach to watch ... kudos to the makeup artists all the same. Overall, a very good murder mystery with a core of interesting characters in their quest to identify and stop a killer who is more monstrous than Jack the Ripper who was terrorizing London around the same time, circa 1888-1989.

Brian Geraghty - Teddy Roosevelt: influential reformist and NYC Police Commissioners (who would become POTUS 1901 – 1909.)
Daniel Brühl - Dr. Laszlo Kreizler: psychiatrist (alienist) and former Harvard classmate of Roosevelt.
Luke Evans - John Moore: New York Times illustrator and former Harvard classmate of Roosevelt.
Dakota Fanning - Sara Howard: Roosevelt's secretary and the first woman employed by the NYPD, Vassar College educated.
Isaacson twins: both were detective sergeants with the NYPD; keen on crime scene investigation innovations.

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Shellie1_us
Oct 18, 2019

Beautifully filmed, lovely costumes, and accurate settings. I have not read the book. They showed the brutal poverty of the people in the tenant houses, and the filthy streets of the time. Then the juxtaposition of the extremely rich, and powerful 400 of NYC is sobering. The corruption of the police and the city leaders such as Boss Tweed type scoundrels did not help the ordinary citizen, much less a child prostitute. The shocking facts of child prostitution was one of the Victorian eras greatest scandals. Poor people did sell their children or had them snatched off the streets by pandering villains who did offer candy to the poor children unused to such treats. This gives the phrase want some candy little girl its origins. By 1896 when this series takes place, some reforms were taking place. Teddy Roosevelt was commissioner of the NYC police at one time, and I enjoyed his evolvement in the murder mystery. Well done, and enjoyed the series.

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ba_library
Oct 16, 2019

I read The Alienist when it first came out in 1994. The book written by Caleb Carr was made into a mini-series. I watched it on Hoopla (available under downloads at the top of the library page.) The book was interesting to me because it combines mystery with history. Laszlo Kreizler is an alienist or someone who studies mental illness to see why the person is alienated from human nature (like a modern day psychiatrist/psychologist.) It is 1896 in NYC and someone is killing children in the city. The NYC police chief is Teddy Roosevelt. He enlists Kreizler in hopes of catching the serial killer. NYC is a divided city between the well-to-do upper class (J.P. Morgan makes an appearance in the story) and the poor immigrant class. It is a rather grim tale with bodies being mutilated and eyes getting torn out. Carr wrote a sequel The Angel of Darkness (1998) which I need to read.

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maipenrai
Oct 15, 2019

I read Caleb Carr's book "The Alienist" in 1994. Although the book dealt with child murders, it did not have the horrible gruesome content of this terrible series. The credits state that Carr was part of the production, so I am disappointed if he contributed to the gratuitous violence of this tv show. In addition there is animal murder which compounds the brutality. This is another example where a decent mystery is turned into bloody, aberrant, graphic violence unnecessarily. Shame on the producers / writers of tv shows or films that cater to the lowest common denominator. Intelligent people do not need or require werewolves, vampires, and graphic body mutilation to enjoy a good mystery. This terrible show seems to aim at titillating the grotesque and prurient in the viewer. A good mystery by definition usually includes a murder, but this film degrades the book and the observer. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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cmarie20
Oct 11, 2019

The first 20 minutes were hideous. At which time I shut it off.

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jazzy4u
Sep 18, 2019

Victimization, cruelty to children, morbid.

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Kyanite
Jul 02, 2020

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