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The Definition of Insanity

Robert Margolis, Kelli Barnett, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonas Mekas, Jimmy Gary Jr., Dawn Marie Anderson
epinephrine | Adrenalin
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Actor Robert Margolis tells the other patients in a psychiatric hospital drama therapy group, "This play I’ve written... It’s about a writer who is obsessed with writing the great American novel." (0:01)

Robert, holding the muzzle of pistol to his head during an audition, recites from Hamlet: “To be or or not to be...” (0:02)

Robert tells actor Derek, "Acting has to be like an addiction. It’s gotta be like a craving for you."
”... you’re looking for your next fix.” (0:05)

Robert tells his wife Sally, "... so don’t worry about it..." (0:07)

Sally, referring to her relationship with Robert: "... just, no worries..." (0:10)

Sally tells Robert, "There’s so much stress." (0:16)

Robert: "I’m staying here... until somebody decides to put me in a straight jacket and carry me out." (0:21)

Robert tells Derek’s actress friend Kate, referring to characters, "Both have been, like, sexually abused." (0:29)

Robert: "I’m really nervous, but it’s a good kind of nervous. I’m nervous, but I’m... excited..." (0:31)

Robert tells his actor friend Frank, "The Adrenalin’s pumping now, right?" (0:34)

Robert tells patient Dawn in the group, "Don’t worry about the words then." (0:37)

Kate tells Robert, "I get kind of nervous..." (0:38)

By telephone, Robert tells a potential dog food customer, "... the dogs... go crazy for the mackerel..." (0:39)

Robert tells Greiner, "Don’t worry about that." (0:40)

Sally: "The definition of insanity is doing things the same way over and over again and expecting different results." (0:46)

Robert tells Kate, "You know this is like handing a drink to an alcoholic, right?" (0:51)

Title: "Dr. Jonas Mekas, Psychoanalyst: Author of Stagefright and Vertigo"
Frank tells Robert, ”You’re gonna drive me crazy.” (0:53)

Robert’s private investigator boss Fred: "Bobby, don’t worry about it." (0:55)

Dawn tells another patient in the group, "There’s nothing to worry about." (0:57)

Patient Jimmy playing Frederick in the group appears to become catatonic. (0:59)

Drama therapy group (1:08)

Robert, referring to Dr. Fallon: "She said the patients really like working with me." (1:14)

Dawn tells Jimmy, "... I’m a little worried..." (1:14)