Shock Corridor

Shock Corridor

Criterion Collection Edition #19

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.

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Shock Corridor
  • Shock Corridor

    Directed by Samuel Fuller • 1963 • United States

    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 hosp...

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  • Constance Towers on SHOCK CORRIDOR

    The following interview with SHOCK CORRIDOR actor Constance Towers was conducted by film historian and filmmaker Charles Dennis in 2011.

  • The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera

    The following documentary on director Samuel Fuller was made by Adam Simon in 1996.

  • The Long Take in SHOCK CORRIDOR

    Observations on Film Art No. 30

    Pitched at screaming, full-throttle intensity, Samuel Fuller’s SHOCK CORRIDOR plunges headlong into the delirium of a psych ward, finding in it a daring metaphor for the anxieties consuming early-sixties America, from racism and xenophobia to sexual politics and n...