- Michael Almereyda
- Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder
In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) conducted the "obedience experiments" at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram’s Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster. Experimenter invites us inside Milgram’s whirring mind, beginning with his obedience research and wending a path to uncover how inner obsessions and the times in which he lived shaped a parade of human behavior inquiries. Editor and Cornell alum Kathryn Schubert studied Philosophy at Cornell but has been working as an editor on independent films for several years, including acclaimed indies Life During Wartime (asst. editor), Beasts of the Southern Wild (first asst. editor), and Only Lovers Left Alive (assoc. editor). She will participate in the President’s Council of Cornell Women Film Panel on Saturday, March 5 at 1:30pm in Willard Straight Theatre, an event which is free and open to the public.