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With his latest triumph, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman has earned the official title of mind-fucker supreme. But let’s not forget, Kaufman is only the latest in a long line of artists involved in the subtle and delicate art of the mind fuck. Here are some films certified to perform psychosodomy on your frontal lobe.


The patient never speaks. The caretaker can’t stop, having finally found someone who will listen to her. Somewhere, their identities are confused and personas melded, and the result is a mind-shredding psychological study in the nature of identity. Widely regarded as Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece, and one of the greatest films ever made, Persona examines the devolving relationship of trust, betrayal, and fa