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EIFF 2015: The Stanford Prison Experiment (Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 2015)

June 18, 2015

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The results of Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s famous and controversial 1971 psychological study, in which various Stanford University-attending males play-acted as prisoners and guards for an intended two week study that was shut down after less than one, are so well known that one may wonder the worth of a dramatic restaging of the original incident.

Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s aptly titled The Stanford Prison Experiment justifies its existence and potential redundancy in its detailed focus on the intricacies behind the chaos, both in the simulated prison and behind the scenes, examining how Zimbardo (Crudup, with head and facial hair that makes him look like a blaxploitation villain) was disturbingly drawn into the make-believe himself…

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