Shock Corridor (The Criterion Collection)
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The bizarre juxtaposition of intensity and immaturity, anger and pulp, outrageousness and illogic tells you that this is the work of a film maker who's not afraid to take chances. Fuller seems to be deliberately trying to rattle or irritate the viewer: a stripper sings a slow torch song and only partially disrobes, a nuclear physicist prattles like a six year old, a 300 pound man sings the same opera aria repeatedly to awaken another man. It's not hard to tell that the dialogue is defiantly pulpy, with emphasis on "defiant". Fuller was obviously enraged with the more destructive qualities of American culture and let his audience know it in no uncertain terms.
But with the pulp--and how much more pulpy can you get than the reporter's girlfriend being a stripper?--there's also startling power. A war veteran relates his dreams of living with South American primitives, brought shockingly to life with a rare color sequence. A black man spouts virulent anti-black racial epithets and dons a makeshift KKK hood, chasing another black man down a hallway. The reporter himself wonders why, at crucial moments, he's unable to speak.
A scathing attack on the relentless American drive for success, power, and acceptance, this movie, for all its frequently dated, semi-trashy dialogue, ranks as one of the best films of its time or any period in American history. The ruthless, downbeat ending--the murderer is discovered, but at a terrible price--is a fitting, bitter conclusion.
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Reporter, Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) goes undercover as a mental patient, in order to get to the bottom of a murder. He must locate and question potential witnesses of the crime. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
weird but good watch for the midget pacing ion the hallway to make the corridor look longerPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like this movie because it dares to expose crude and raw human drives in the plainest and harshest manner possible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark C. Jones
Sam Fuller can do no wrong. A true American primitive filmmaker. Just wish I could afford HOUSE OF BAMBOO.Published 8 months ago by ohmemercylard
The film comes to life on Blu-ray. The doco about Samuel Fuller by Tarantino and Co. is a real treat, it's a shame it's only presented in SD.Published 19 months ago by T. Smith
Far too many of my movie mistakes have found homes on the shelves of public libraries. Fortunately for me, this process was reversed with Shock Corridor. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by D. Hughes
This is a really dark movie to watch, it holds your interest from start to finish. James Best stole the show, he was scary good.Published on April 29, 2014 by Mikaylalily
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