Steppenwolf is an unusual, psychedelic 1974 film about a writer, Harry Haller (Max von Sydow), going through a midlife crisis and planning to kill himself when he turns 50. While despondently walking the streets, a strange man gives him an invitation to a place called The Magic Theater, with a forbidding warning that reads "For Madmen Only." Although Harry is intrigued, he decides to visit some friends instead, but leaves when he insults one of their guests. Drowning his sorrows in a bar, he meets a mysterious and beautiful young woman (Dominique Sanda). She refuses to tell him her name but decides to knock Harry out of his stupor by introducing him to jazz music, dancing and even tries to find him a lover. Eventually the two find their way to The Magic Theater, where Harry somehow hopes to find inner peace. Steppenwolf is based on a 1927 cult novel by Herman Hesse, and was directed by Fred Haines.