The Stanford Prison Experiment (Free Sneak Preview w/ Ki Hong Lee, Olivia Thirlby, Miles Heizer, Logan Miller & Dir. Kyle Alvarez in person!)

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LOCATION: Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, 90036.

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Several films have already been made about the Stanford Prison Experiment, and those intimately familiar with how it went down-the internalization of roles, the abuse, the refusal of those organizing the study to pull the plug when it quickly got out of hand-won’t be shocked by the details. But there’s still a queasy power to seeing the events reenacted with such procedural precision, day by day, blow by (literal) blow.

Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez deserves all the praise in the world for the way he cranks up this pressure cooker script. The Stanford Prison Experiment begins with giggles but ends in full psychological break. From the comfort of the audience you can say “this would never happen to me,” but the shooting style (largely close-ups) sells how the claustrophobia and confusion can so easily lead to a break from reality.

Dir. Kyle Alvarez, 2015, DCP, 122 min.

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