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Great Movies About Inner Turmoil
« on: April 13, 2019, 01:21:59 PM »
Addiction, depression, alienation, etc.... The farther back, the more rare it is. The only one I can think of in the 1940s was "The Lost Weekend".. "Le Feu Follet" (The Fire Within), 1963.. "Taxi Driver"... "The Man With The Golden Arm" with Frank Sinatra...

If you have some good recommendations before 1980, I'd probably watch them this weekend.. If I think of more, I'll post them later.

Re: Great Movies About Inner Turmoil
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 01:51:17 PM »
Half Nelson but it's from 2007.

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2019, 03:43:18 PM »
Bug, from 1975, is ostensibly a monster movie about giant fire-starting bugs from the earth's centre, but is actually more about the breakdown and obsession of a naturalist whose wife is killed by some of the bugs.
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2019, 04:26:38 PM »
Not very obscure but Repulsion.

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 04:31:07 PM »
There's lots of inner turmoil in The Wages Of Fear, especially the last half.

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2019, 04:48:21 PM »
The unintentional subtext of The Maltese Falcon (1941) is a man wrestling with his own repressed homosexuality. Watch it with this in mind, and you will see exactly what I mean.

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2019, 05:27:38 PM »
Possession (1981) springs immediately to mind.



Some of the most unhinged performances in cinema, Adjani especially.

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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2019, 06:04:37 PM »
Thought that new Paul Schrader, First Reformed, really fit the bill for this - certainly my favourite film he's been involved with since Taxi Driver. An update on his coming-slowly-unhinged societal loner. V beautiful to look at, and quite mesmerising in general.

Others which fit the bill to greater or lesser degrees: The Verdict, Fishtank, I'm Still Here, Paris Texas

EDIT: Sorry, I have a migraine and have proved myself to be a non-reading fool. Even Verdict and Paris are early 80s. Apologies.

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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 09:22:41 PM »
Sex Lives of the Potato Men

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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2019, 09:53:58 PM »
Gotta mention Duel and Dennis Weaver's wonderfully neurotic performance.

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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2019, 12:34:12 AM »
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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2019, 01:46:29 AM »
Fantastic Voyage?

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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2019, 01:49:16 AM »
Five Easy Pieces (indecision)
Solaris (grief)
The Conversation (paranoia)

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« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2019, 08:13:59 AM »
there's a very troubled character in John Huston's Wise Blood.

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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2019, 08:29:45 AM »
Driller Killer fits the bill. Combat Shock might be too late for ya coz it's 1984 but it's fantastic, like Taxi Driver meets Eraserhead or summat. And it's not a great film and I wouldn't recommend anyone watch it, but the notorious XXX flick Forced Entry from 1973 shows a Vietnam vet going mental and doing terrible things. One of the most inappropriate films ever made lol

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« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2019, 08:35:29 AM »
Gotta mention Duel and Dennis Weaver's wonderfully neurotic performance.

But that's outer turmoil, from that twat with the cowboy hat and the diesel truck.

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« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2019, 12:41:26 PM »
Requiem for a dream. Leaving Las Vegas. Lost Highway.

All 1st date night movies.

Edit. Didn't read before 1980. Soz.
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« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2019, 01:30:11 PM »
Possession (1981) springs immediately to mind.



Some of the most unhinged performances in cinema, Adjani especially.

Incredible film but it's a year after MortSahlFan's stultifying restrictions so in the fucking bin with it mate sorry

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Re: Great Movies About Inner Turmoil
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2019, 01:30:57 PM »
Also, Rosemary's Baby. Or is that cancelled now? It probably is, to be fair.

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« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2019, 05:54:54 PM »
Hamlet

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« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2019, 05:59:04 PM »
It's A Wonderful Life is all about inner turmoil.
 

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« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2019, 06:50:22 PM »
Opening Night (Cassavetes)

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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2019, 06:55:46 PM »
But that's outer turmoil, from that twat with the cowboy hat and the diesel truck.

But most of the movie is Weaver's inner thoughts ah whatever.

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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2019, 06:59:39 PM »
But most of the movie is Weaver's inner thoughts ah whatever.

Most of it is from his perspective, but it's him responding to a (relatively brief) external crisis of a few hours.  I take the thread title as alluding to crises of conscience or decision that are chronic over a longer period.

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« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2019, 07:02:38 PM »
Most of it is from his perspective, but it's him responding to a (relatively brief) external crisis of a few hours.  I take the thread title as alluding to crises of conscience or decision that are chronic over a longer period.



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Re: Great Movies About Inner Turmoil
« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2019, 10:34:44 PM »
I'm bored, so here you go:

50's: Pickpocket, Rossellini's films starring Ingrid Bergman (Stromboli, Europa 51, Viaggio in Italia etc.), Hiroshima mon amour, Persona, Bigger Than Life, Suddenly, Last Summer
60's: Antonioni's films (La notte, L'eclisse, L'Avventura etc.), I Am Twenty, The Servant, L'Amour fou, Belle de jour, Cléo de 5 à 7
70's: Un homme qui dort, A Woman Under the Influence

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« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2019, 10:38:55 PM »
Gaslight (1944) must count.

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« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2019, 10:39:17 PM »
'Vanishing Point' is kinda about this, no? Kowalski is basically fucked off with the various duff hands life has dealt him and spends the film deciding whether it's worth bothering anymore or not. 

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« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2019, 10:42:01 PM »
Pierrot Le Fou

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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2019, 11:05:07 PM »
Being on the losing side of WWII, the post war films in Japan and Italy covers this in spades.

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Naruse). In fact most of Naruse's films cover women who were dealt a rough hand after the war. Recommended by a CABber (Cassavetes avatar?).
 Ozu too but his alienation was more about the effect Westernisation had on traditional Japanese family values.

 And La Dolce Vita which somehow in the mainstream is considered a 'fun' movie consisting of iconic vignettes is really a critique of a man lead by his sensual addictions.