Robin Williams film to be screened Tuesday at Kimmel Center

Robin Williams (left) plays Parry, a homeless widower with mental-health issues, in "The Fisher King," also starring Jeff Bridges as Jack Lucas.
Robin Williams (left) plays Parry, a homeless widower with mental-health issues, in "The Fisher King," also starring Jeff Bridges as Jack Lucas.
Posted: September 05, 2014

THERE'S A MOMENT in "The Fisher King" when Robin Williams' character, homeless and unhinged by the death of his wife, gets close to something happy.

And then a fire-wielding red knight appears on horseback, the embodiment of all his anguish, forcing him back toward the darkness of his own depression. It seems so much more than just a scene in a movie now, in light of the gifted actor's suicide last month.

On Tuesday night, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Philadelphia Film Society, the movie website eflixir.com and Minding Your Mind, a Philadelphia mental-health awareness group, will present the 1991 film at the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.

"I think that 'The Fisher King' is a film that is going to bring up a lot of discussion. I just watched it," said Garden Wellington-Logan, a spokeswoman for the local AFSP. "There's parts in the film that probably tie into his own inner demons and the pain he was suffering."

The evening will start at 7:30 with a panel discussion about mental illness and dealing with loss, followed by the movie.

There's a suggested donation of $15 for tickets, which can be reserved now at ph.ly/fisherking.


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