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Shock Corridor (1963) Dir: Samuel Fuller

Sam Fuller's classic, and still controversial, study of the borderline of sanity tells the story of a journalist who gets himself committed to a mental hospital in order to track an unsolved murder. Fuller adopts the time-honoured convention of the journalist’s quest for truth to underscore his own exploration of psychic damage in America. As the film unfolds the purity of the hero’s mission is undercut by his own monomaniacal ego, and the delusions of omnipotence that mask the darkest secrets of his soul. In Peter Breck’s moving performance. the journalist Johnny becomes one of the great doomed figures of modern day film noir—unwittingly pursuing a killer at the expense of his own sanity.

"This microcosm of America-in-an-insane-asylum that Fuller created in 1963 has lost none of its force for a viewer in 2012, and his treatment of journalistic hubris foreshadows the contemporary problem of media becoming corrupted by its all-too-compliant association with the powerful elites of government today". - Tim Hunter

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought some of the fantasy scenes were well done (like the torrent of rain in the corridor) but found the acting a bit over the top, and I didn't really believe in the story. But it was still an interesting film.

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    grt choice. been on my to see list 4 yrs. still powerful & immersiing from the start.

    November 19, 2012

  • Blanca Perez M.

    hello people! When should I buy the ticket?

    November 11, 2012

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