Spring is often considered a season of invigoration—the sun begins shining again, the snow melts, the days get longer, and flowers bloom. And although Spring Break is supposed to promote rest, relaxation, and revitalization, we thought we’d be contrarian and look at films that explore the opposite: paranoia, depression, and anxiety. We kick things off with George Cukor’s unnerving Gaslight, in which Ingrid Bergman is driven to the brink of insanity following the murder of her beloved aunt. Next is Arachnophobia, a popular comedy-chiller that will make even the most hardened viewers writhe in their seats. Following that modern creature feature is Tim Hunter’s shocking teen drama River’s Edge. Featuring masterful performances by Keanu Reeves, Crispin Glover, and Dennis Hopper, this overlooked gem plays out like an after-school special directed by David Lynch. What series about mental illness would be complete without Ingmar Bergman’s harrowing psychodrama Persona—a tour de force that many consider to be his most accomplished film. Finally, Adam Sandler plays against type in Paul Thomas Anderson’s stark, poignant Punch Drunk Love. These films have the potential to make you laugh, shriek, and cry.
Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m.
(George Cukor, US 1944, 114 min., 35mm)
Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.
(Frank Marshall, US 1990, 103 min., 35mm)
Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m.
(Tim Hunter, US 1986, 99 min., 35mm)
Friday, April 18, 8 p.m.
(Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 1966, 83 min., Swedish w/ subtitles, 35mm)
Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Punch Drunk Love
(Paul Thomas Anderson, US 2002, 95 min., 35mm)