Discussion: Mental Illness in the Cinema

Posted: February 6, 2012

Persona (1966)

Persona (1966)

What is your favorite film that deals with the subject of mental illness? Reel 13 Classics host Neal Gabler picks Ignmar Bergman’s 1966 psycho-thriller Persona. How about you?

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  • Jennifer

    Frances, with Jessica Lange

  • Pam

    An Angel at My Table

  • Denis

    “Cuckoo’s Nest” and “David & Lisa”

  • Sharon

    Probably Cuckoo’s Nest and Persona. But Frances is also up there. For a more recent film check out A Dangerous Method.

  • Denis

    I forgot “Taxi Driver”

  • Susan

    “Donny Darko” and “Momento” are two of my favorites. But you can’t rule out “White Heat” either.

  • Andy

    A Beautiful Mind because it is so entrenched in reality, powerful and surprising. A shrink was surprised when I asked her, as a movie topic, how she knew that he didn’t just imagine winning the Nobel. She was too into the real story and ignored that novel possibility. ;-))

  • JPC

    I have to say MY Favorite is Cookoo’s nest! The second is that one with Dehaviland [G*D I can’t spell!!!]The third is the one with Joanne Woodward!!!

  • sg

    The Jacket is by far the best movie.

  • Steve Scalici

    “Psycho” — there is no other than the first audacious film about true mental illness