Shock Corridor

Friday, July 14
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1hr 41mins // directed by:Samuel Fuller // featuring:Peter Breck, Constance Towers // 16mm

In Shock Corridor, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness.

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, insanity closes in on him. Constance Towers costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on racism and other hot-button issues in sixties America and its daring photography by Stanley Cortez, Shock Corridor has had far-reaching influence. - the Criterion Collection

Print courtesy of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Moving Image Archive