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Altered States (Kenn Russel, 1980) 

Directed by Ken Russell, Altered States is a mind-bending journey into the unknown recesses
of human consciousness. The film follows Harvard scientist Dr. Edward Jessup as he
experiments with sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic drugs, seeking to unlock the
otherworldly potential of the mind. What begins as scientific curiosity spirals into a startling
exploration of evolution, spirituality, and self, blurring the lines between reality and madness.
Russell's signature flamboyance is on full display, coupling intense visual effects with
profound existential queries. This adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s novel is a provocative and
intense journey that dives deep into the psyche, questioning the very nature of existence and
our place in the universe.