Shock Corridor

Shock Corridor

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Director: Samuel Fuller

Cast: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans

     
 

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Shock Corridor represents filmmaker Samuel Fuller at his most excessive, but few would have it otherwise. Peter Breck plays a ruthless journalist who believes that the quickest way to a Pulitzer Prize is to uncover the facts behind a murder at a mental hospital. To glean first-hand information, Breck pretends to go insane and is locked up in the institution.See more details below

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Shock Corridor represents filmmaker Samuel Fuller at his most excessive, but few would have it otherwise. Peter Breck plays a ruthless journalist who believes that the quickest way to a Pulitzer Prize is to uncover the facts behind a murder at a mental hospital. To glean first-hand information, Breck pretends to go insane and is locked up in the institution. While pursuing his investigation, Breck is sidetracked by the loopy behavior of his fellow inmates. During a hospital riot, Breck is straightjacketed and subjected to shock treatment. By now almost as crazy as he's previously pretended to be, Breck begins imagining that his exotic-dancer girlfriend Constance Towers (a Samuel Fuller "regular") is actually his sister! Typical of the Fuller ouevre, the characters in Shock Corridor are either saved or destroyed by their individual obsessions.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
It's everything you could ever want from a film about insanity: straitjackets, electric shock treatments, hallucinations, catatonics, schizophrenics, fetishists, and even nymphos. The most renowned film by journalist-turned-filmmaker Samuel Fuller, SHOCK CORRIDOR is the story of a Pulitzer Prize-hungry journalist (Peter Breck) who gets himself committed to an asylum to solve a murder, only to find his own sanity threatened. The inmates take over the asylum as Fuller turns his actors loose in deliciously over-the-top performances -- a veritable smorgasbord of abnormal psychology stereotypes is used to create a microcosm of postwar American life, complete with stream-of-consciousness voice-overs and demented monologues on such subjects as racism, communism, and war. And the doctors are always on hand to provide plenty of the latest psychoanalytic lingo. Fuller was one of the first American independent filmmakers, and his fearless maverick spirit and idiosyncratic vision have inspired countless filmmakers, from Quentin Tarantino to Steven Spielberg. This flamboyant film stylist's mind-boggling magnum opus is a must-see.
All Movie Guide
Though he often worked within and outside the studio system, director Samuel Fuller was essentially banished from Hollywood after 1963's lurid Shock Corridor and 1964's Naked Kiss. Now widely recognized as one of his best films, Corridor is an uncompromising, idiosyncratic depiction of the seams that threaten to tear American apart. Fuller had worked as both a crime reporter and a pulp novelist, and he often translated the sensationalism of those fields to his movies. Corridor in particular featured extremely stylized direction, dialogue, and acting; at the time of the film's release, its anything-for-an-effect aesthetic struck some viewers as preposterous and inflammatory. French critics and filmmakers, however, embraced Fuller's unique style, and many notable filmmakers have since claimed Fuller as an influence, including Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, and Quentin Tarantino.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2011
UPC:
0715515066914
Original Release:
1963
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
14,758

Special Features

New Video Interview with Star Constance Towers by Film Historian and Filmmaker Charles Dennis; The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera, Adam Simon's 1996 Documentary on Director Samuel Fuller; Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Plus: Illustrations by Cartoonist Daniel Clowes and a Booklet featuring an Essay by Critic and Poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller's Autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Breck Johnny Barratt
Constance Towers Cathy
Gene Evans Boden
James Best Stuart
Hari (Harry) Rhodes Trent
Larry Tucker Pagliacci
William Zuckert Swanee
Philip Ahn Dr. Fong
Neyle Morrow Psycho
Frank Gerstle Police Lieutenant
Paul Dubov Dr. Menkin
Rachel Romen Singing Nymphomaniac
Wally Campo Actor
Karen Conrad Actor
Lucille Curtis Actor
Marie Devereaux Actor
Chuck Hicks Actor
John Matthews Dr. Cristo
Barbara Perry Actor
Allyson Daniell Actor
Harry Fleer Actor
Chuck Roberson Wilkes
John Craig Lloyd
Johnny Barrett Peter Breck

Technical Credits
Samuel Fuller Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Einar H. Bourman Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Cortez Cinematographer
Charles Duncan Special Effects
Paul Dunlap Score Composer
Lynn Dunn Special Effects
Dan Greenway Makeup
John Gregory Choreography
Eugène Lourié Art Director
Philip Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Thompson Set Decoration/Design
Jerome Thoms Editor

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