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Shock Corridor

Samuel Fuller

 
Shock Corridor (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1963
  • 101 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.75:1
  • English
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  • Spine #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.

Cast

Johnny BarrettPeter Breck
CathyConstance Towers
BodenGene Evans
StuartJames Best
TrentHari Rhodes
PagliacciLarry Tucker
Dr. MenkinPaul Dubov
WilkesChuck Roberson
PsychoNeyle Morrow
Dr. CristoJohn Matthews
SwaneeWilliam Zuckert
LloydJohn Craig
Dr. FongPhilip Ahn
Police lieutenantFrank Gerstle

Credits

DirectorSamuel Fuller
Produced and written bySamuel Fuller
Color sequences photographed bySamuel Fuller
ChoreographyJon Gregory
CostumerEinar H. Bourman
Art directorEugène Lourié
Film editorJerome Thoms
Director of photographyStanley Cortez and A.S.C.
MusicPaul Dunlap
A production ofLeon Fromkess and Sam Firks

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with star Constance Towers by film historian and filmmaker
    Charles Dennis
  • The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera, Adam Simon’s 1996 documentary on director Samuel Fuller
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: Illustrations by cartoonist Daniel Clowes and a booklet featuring a new essay by critic and poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller’s autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking

    New cover by Daniel Clowes

Film Essays

Shock Corridor: Lindywood Confidential

By Robert Polito January 18, 2011

By 1963, when he started filming Shock Corridor on a rented soundstage, Samuel Fuller had come ruefully and puckishly to view himself as a “Lindy,” a diminutive for Charles Lindbergh designating . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Shock Corridor

By Tim Hunter August 25, 1998

Here is an honest, visionary, pulp film, stripped of all romanticism, with characterizations and themes more real and relevant today than ever. To watch Shock Corridor now is to experience the . . . Read more »

Book Notes

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Juice, with Lots of Pulp: Samuel Fuller’s Brainquake

By Michael Atkinson November 05, 2014

A review of the American auteur’s posthumously published novel Read more »


Video


Big Screen

Schooled in Noir

March 30, 2011

This Friday, the New School in New York kicks off what it promises will be an annual tradition—the New School Arts Festival, “a cultural showcase reflecting the artistic and intellectual energy . . . Read more »


Clippings

Cover Story

February 22, 2011

This week, Time is all too happy to judge a movie by its cover. Gilbert Cruz, an editor at the magazine, has compiled a list called “Top 10 Cool Criterion Collection Covers.” Cruz’s taste in . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss

January 24, 2011

Samuel Fuller’s sixties B-movie TKOs Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss—now in Criterion Blu-ray and DVD editions—are the perfect entry into the singular world of the wonderfully ballsy auteur, a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Shock Corridor: Lindywood Confidential

By Robert Polito January 18, 2011

By 1963, when he started filming Shock Corridor on a rented soundstage, Samuel Fuller had come ruefully and puckishly to view himself as a “Lindy,” a diminutive for Charles Lindbergh designating . . . Read more »


Clippings

SAM FULLER, “THE COMPLETE AUTEUR”

April 19, 2009

“Why Sam Fuller?” a new essay by Tag Gallagher, in the latest issue of Senses of Cinema, asks. Aficionados might wonder, why even ask? But perhaps they forget that the two-fisted termite art of . . . Read more »


Book Notes

Me and Sam Fuller

By Lisa Dombrowski December 29, 2008

It is a good time to belong to the cult of Fuller. Those of us who consider ourselves members never forget our moment of induction. Some enlisted when his films first hit the screen—lucky enough . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Shock Corridor

By Tim Hunter August 25, 1998

Here is an honest, visionary, pulp film, stripped of all romanticism, with characterizations and themes more real and relevant today than ever. To watch Shock Corridor now is to experience the . . . Read more »