From the Vault: 'Girl, Interrupted' by Susanna Kaysen, Starring Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder

Placed into a mental hospital for two years by a psychiatrist she'd seen only once, Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching, and brilliantly moving memoir of one girl's passage into womanhood. Susanna Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties.

In 1999, before the multinational brood, before "The Leg," and before Brad, Angelina Jolie starred in the movie adaptation of Kaysen's memoir, directed by James Mangold. Winona Ryder (pre-theft) co-starred along with Clea DuVall, (the late) Brittany Murphy, Vanessa Redgrave, and Whoopi Goldberg. Jolie's performance is reason enough to watch the film, as it earned her both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for best performance by a supporting actress, but we're also fans of the performance Miss Murphy, who met her tragic end in 2009 at the age of thirty-two, turned in as the troubled Daisy Randone.

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