The Long Take in SHOCK CORRIDOR

The Long Take in SHOCK CORRIDOR

2 Episodes

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 nuclear paranoia. In this episode of Observations on Film Art, Professor Jeff Smith explores how Fuller and his cinematographer, the great Stanley Cortez, make use of dynamic long takes to enhance the film’s searing social critique and shattering psychological impact.

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The Long Take in SHOCK CORRIDOR
  • The Long Take in SHOCK CORRIDOR

    Episode 1

    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...

  • Shock Corridor

    Episode 2

    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...