Scene from the film Altered States Scene from the film Altered States

Altered States - 35MM | Primate Vision

Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1980 | 102MIN


Ken Russell


William Hurt
Blair Brown
Bob Balaban

In his long-derided but now-beloved adaptation of the writer Paddy Chayevsky’s novel of the same name, the British filmmaker Ken Russell explores the relationship between psychedelics, love, and primal instincts. Edward Jessup (William Hurt) is a Columbia University psychopathologist who studies schizophrenia by subjecting himself to high doses of LSD while floating in a sensory deprivation tank. His experiments test the limits of his mind and body, and his obsession with uncovering the origins of human thought strains his marriage with fellow “whiz kid” Emily (Blair Brown). Over the course of their tumultuous relationship, Edward’s sudden transformations and retreat into psychedelics become indicative of a male desire to cut-off society and take on a more primal state-of-mind.

Introduced by Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer 6/5!

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