Rendezvous With Madness Presents Shock Corridor

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Revue Cinema says
A hand-made grenade lobbed in the heart of early '60s American complacency, Samuel Fuller's low-budget, throat-throttling bughouse thriller Shock Corridor sees madness as the inevitable condition of a society that refuses to look at the insanity that bubbles like hot lava just beneath its surface. The story of a callously ambitious, Pulitzer-obsessed investigative journalist (Peter Breck) who feigns incestuous longings toward his stripper-girlfriend (Constance Towers) in order to be committed to a mental institution and crack an unsolved murder, the movie uses its representative cast of caged crazies as a metaphor for everything that's wrong with America circa '63. There's the Korean vet (James Best) who fancies himself a Confederate war hero after being denounced as a Communist turncoat, the black civil rights activist (Hari Rhodes) who spouts racist invective from beneath a pillow case repurposed as a Klan hood, and the former atomic bomb scientist (Gene Evans) rendered infantile by his complicity in bringing the world to the brink of destruction. None of these men are anywhere near as crazy as the country that made them so, and the undercover journalist will poke the fires of their delirium at the risk of his own grasp on reality. Pulpy, lurid and subtle as a hurled brick, Shock Corridor is only as nuts as the world outside those walls.

- Geoff Pevere, Program Director
Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival


This screening is part of an ongoing series of significant films in the history of madness and movies presented by the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.
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By: Revue Cinema