EXPERIMENTER

  • “Fascinating… EXPERIMENTER offers a heady brew of theories about the essence of human nature.
    – VARIETY
  • “A conceptually exciting, intellectually searching portrait of the social psychologist Stanley Milgram (a superb Peter Sarsgaard), whose famous 1960s obedience experiments, in which subjects delivered punishing shocks on command, were later condemned.”
    -NEW YORK TIMES
  • “Far and away Almereyda’s strongest, most coherent, and moving film.”
    –FILM COMMENT

Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that remains relevant to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room. Disregarding his pleas for mercy, the majority of subjects do not stop the experiment, administering what they think are near-fatal electric shocks, simply because they’ve been told to. With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram’s exploration of authority and conformity strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster. His wife Sasha (Winona Ryder) anchors him through it all. EXPERIMENTER invites us inside Milgram’s whirring mind in this bracing portrait of a brilliant man whose conscience and creative spirit continue to be resonant, poignant, and inspirational.

INFO

Directed by Michael Almereyda.
USA. 108minutes. 2k Digital Projection.
2015. English.

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  • Friday, October 30, 2015 - 6:30pm
  • Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 1:30pm
  • Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 5:30pm
  • Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 3:00pm
  • Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 7:00pm