Directed by Robert Rossen • 1964 • United States
Starring Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda
The final film directed by Robert Rossen (THE HUSTLER) is a fascinating anomaly: a psychodrama influenced by European art cinema and awash in a mood of otherworldly mystery. Upon returning to his small Maryland hometown, Korean War veteran Vincent (Warren Beatty) hopes to find purpose through a new job as an occupational therapist at Poplar Lodge, a private sanitarium catering to a small clientele of schizophrenic patients. There, Vincent finds himself bewitched by Lilith (an ethereal Jean Seberg), a disturbed but enchanting woman whose fragile beauty, both physical and spiritual, draws him into a web of dangerous obsession.