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Lilith

Screening on Film
Directed by Robert Rossen.
With Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda.
US, 1964, 35mm, black & white, 112 min.
Print source: Sony Pictures

Rossen’s final film was his most internal, emotional and visually experimental depiction of the indefinite and unknowable recesses within the psyche. Deadpan, enigmatic Warren Beatty plays Vincent, one of Rossen’s well-intentioned soul searchers whose desire to simply “be of direct help to people” brings him from the bored angst of suburban middle America to a timeless, dreamlike asylum where dazed lulls are broken by absurd insights or paroxysms of emotion. And where he discovers Lilith, Jean Seaberg’s mesmerizing, sensual patient who resists definition or diagnosis. Resident of her own intricate chrysalis, she lures Vincent to a psychological crossroads where the mysterious, fluid nature of the mind, of perception, of love and sexuality finds shocking, unresolved expression.

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