Frances Ha (movie)

Now showing: 'Suffering for their art' films like 'Birdman' and 'Whiplash'

"The chief enemy of creativity," Pablo Picasso once said, "is good sense." He might have added that it doesn't get on so well with healthy living or emotional well-being either. The birth pangs of art have been a staple of the examined life since humans began examining it. Vincent van Gogh lost an ear in such a pursuit. Syd Barrett lost his mind. Ernest Hemingway lost his life. Such torment has been catnip for film personalities, from John Garfield's "Humoresque" to "8 1/2," "Amadeus" and "Black Swan." The idea of artists grappling with the pain and delusions of their fragile psyches has been as encoded in the...