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Shock Corridor (Criteron Collection)

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In Shock Corridor, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller (The Naked Kiss, The Big Red One) masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and dementia. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, madness closes in on him. Constance Towers (The Naked Kiss) costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on race in sixties America and daring photography by Stanley Cortez (The Night of the Hunter), Shock Corridor is now recognized for its far-reaching influence.

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interview with star Constance Towers
  • Excerpts from The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera-a 1996 documentary
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: Illustrations by cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Eightball, Ghost World)

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best, Hari Rhodes
    • Directors: Samuel Fuller
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
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    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
    • Run Time: 101 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0047P5FU4
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    By A Customer on July 8, 1999
    Format: VHS Tape
    Perhaps Fuller's most audacious film--the first time I saw it, my jaw was on the ground. Some take it only as a cult item, but when you realize this was made in 1963 as an indictment of Cold War paranoia and homegrown racism, you begin to appreciate exactly how ahead of the curve Sam was. While Sam Fuller's films may not be for everyone (such as the previous reviewer), there's nothing cheesy about this at all. True, Shock Corridor is very low budget. But it also has Stanley Cortez (The Magnificent Ambersons) behind the camera. If it's so inept, why did John Ford often visit the set, saying he might learn something? Why did Jean-Luc Godard pay hommage to Fuller in many of his early films, even using him in Pierrot le Fou to deliver his definition of cinema ("A film is like a battleground--love, hate, action, violence, death...in one word--emotion!")? Why has Martin Scorsese (along with Quentin Tarentino and others) called Shock Corridor is "a masterpiece"? No, when such an array of talented people find so much of worth here, then you know this is far from Ed Wood territory. Experience Sam Fuller's "Kino-Fist" style right between your eyes--he may be one of our most neglected directors.
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    Alternately brilliant and infuriating, Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor is without question a one-of-a-kind film. Shot in black and white in 1963, it tells the story of a newspaper reporter who's convinced he can win the Pulitzer Prize if only he can penetrate the inner sanctum of a mental hospital to solve a murder that's been committed there--something the police have apparently not been able to accomplish.
    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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    A reporter seeking a Pulitzer Prize cons his way into being committed to an asylum to get the story on an unsolved murder case. Peter Breck (from TV's "The Big Valley") is good as the reporter. He blends in with the other male inmates trying to ferret out the facts but discovers insanity is nothing to toy with. Constance Towers (also in Fullers' "The Naked Kiss") is a stripper and his loyal girlfriend who notices Breck's mental deterioration on her visits. She tries but can't get him out. He has more or less sealed his own fate. The portrayals of the other inmates are powerful and there are some real doozies locked in with Breck. But I found the movie to be so vivid that it was almost unpleasant to watch. The scenes in the asylum are disturbing. The scenes outside the asylum are depressing and even Towers' strip routine at the nite club where she works is downbeat. Breck's plight is overwhelmingly doomed. This is without a doubt a challenging film but I can only recommend it with a warning. If you are emotionally affected by films be careful with this one. It will linger with you after you've seen it. Still it's a powerful and unusual film worthy of a cult following and a collector's item.
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    The setting for "Shock Corridor" serves as a metaphor for American society as a whole circa 1963. The film concerns a reporter(Peter Breck) who goes undercover in a mental hospital to uncover a murder case. There were three witnesses to the murder and all have severely damaged psyches. A Southern farm boy (James Best) who under duress in Korea betrayed his country and now thinks he's a Confederate Army officer. A self loathing black man (Hari Rhodes) who was used as a guinea pig in integrating a Southern University and now thinks he's a Klansman. A formal nuclear physicist(Gene Evans) who worked on the Manhattan Project and now operates on a six year old level. They all have moments of clarity and it's up to the reporter to be there when they do to crack the case. The reporter is not without his own flaws. He has delusions of grandeur that his investigation will result in a Pulitzer Prize and he is also engaged in a relationship with a stripper (Constance Towers) that would hint at some form of sexual dysfunction. There's also a grossly obese character(Larry Tucker) who thinks he's Pagliacci who may be the sanest man in the room. Director Samuel Fuller abetted by cinematographer Stanley Cortez create a claustrophobic atmosphere that intensifies the drama that at times is unbearable. The film begins and ends with the quotation "Who God wants to punish he makes insane first". I'm still chewing on that one but it does offer food for thought. A note of trivia is that Tucker would later be a contributing writer for the Monkees TV series and collaborate with Paul Mazursky on the script for "Bob and Carol, Ted and Alice".
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