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Germany Premiere

Kategorie: Internationaler Wettbewerb Grenzen
Show: Thursday, 31. March 2016, 20:00 p.m., Mousonturm // Saal

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(Biopic, USA 2015), Engl. OV, 97 min.Director: Michael Almereyda
Actors: Winona Ryder, Peter Sarsgaard, Taryn Manning u.a.
Director of Photography: Ryan Samul
Production: Danny A. Abeckaser, Michael Almereyda, Fabio Golombek, Per Melita, Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof, Uri Singe
Screenplay: Michael Almereyda
Editor: Kathryn J. Schubert

What are the limitations of blind obedience? To answer this question, the psychologist Stanley Milgram developed a sensational experiment in 1961. He wanted to show that people are willing to follow authorities even against their own moral sense. In the Milgram-experiment, volunteers slipped into the role of teachers. Wrong answers by their “students” should be punished with electric shocks. Many “teachers” did not hesitate to even deliver fatal electric shocks regardless if the students screamed and begged for mercy. Not knowing that the students were only actors and the electric shocks were not real, the volunteers explained their conduct with having merely followed instructions. The experiment fed into the debate on deference to authority and the nature of man during the Eichmann-trial. The star-studded film shows the life of a courageous scientist between admiration and hostility.