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May 13, 2006

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - 7

I first read about this film in a book that used it as an example of Foucault's view of power in society, especially in his work Discipline and Punish. The story involves R.P. McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson) who is sent to a mental institutions to be evaluated. Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) runs a tight ship, with the patients under a strict schedule of recreation, sleeping, eating, and medication. R.P. fights back by helping the other patients see that they are not a crazy and weird as the hospital claims they are. I won't ruin the ending, but R.P. is the tragic hero who inspires others to live free (that sounds like Braveheart, but this film is better and less sentimental). This film shows that it is living differently can be more persuasive than rational argumentation. This film won Oscar's for best picture, director, actor, actress, and screenplay.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not much to say with this film, except that is in my top ten films of all time. It is greatness in every sense of the word. Neither Nicholson nor Forman have topped this film in their respective talents.