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the obsessed artist

"the obsessed artist" trope refers to an artist that strives to better themselves at their craft, but takes it to an obsessive level where they destroy themselves in their attempt to reach perfection.

  • Black Swan
  • Nightcrawler
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • I, Tonya
  • Raging Bull
  • The Prestige
  • The Queen's Gambit
  • Perfect Blue
  • Whiplash
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • The Perfection
  • Amadeus
  • Nocturne
  • The Neon Demon
  • The Aviator
  • Phantom Thread
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Suspiria
  • Madeline's Madeline
  • Peeping Tom
  • The House That Jack Built
  • Her Smell
  • Ema
  • 8½
  • Nothing Changes: Art for Hank's Sake
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
  • The Red Shoes
  • All That Jazz
  • The Wrestler
  • La Belle Noiseuse
  • All About Eve
  • A Brixton Tale
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Black Bear
  • The Disaster Artist
  • The Skin I Live In
  • The King of Comedy
  • The Disciple
  • A Novata
  • Adaptation.
  • Shadow of the Vampire
  • Sound of Violence
  • To Die For
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  • Fuga
  • Pi
  • The Piano Teacher