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Shock Corridor [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

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  • Samuel Fuller's honest, visionary pulp film uses an insane asylum as a metaphor for American society. The inmates include a black man who thinks he's a white supremacist, a Korean War Vet who thinks he's a Civil War Confederate general, and a nuclear physicist who has reverted to childhood. This microcosm, which Fuller created in 1963, has lost none of its force over time. In addition, the film's treatment of journalistic hubris foreshadows the contemporary problem of media becoming corrupted by its compliant association with governmental elites. In SHOCK CORRIDOR, a journalist (Peter Breck) hoping to get a scoop on a murder suspect has himself committed to a mental institution where the inmates have information on the culprit. As the film unfolds, the purity of the hero's mission is undercut by his own monomaniacal ego. Things go terribly awry, and although he gets his story, he pays a high price for his success.
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  • Credits
    Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, Hari Rhodes, Harry Rhodes, James Best, Larry Tucker, Philip Ahn, John Matthews, Frank Gerstle, Paul Dubov, Rachel Romen
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A major cult movie shot in glorious black-and-white by Stanley Cortez..."
    USA Today

    "Carved from noir shadows and crazed camera angles..."
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