Sam Fuller Double Feature
A Fuller Life / Shock Corridor
A Fuller Life
dir. Samantha Fuller, USA, 2014, DCP, b/w & color, 80 min.
Calling on a wide range of her father’s collaborators and fellow travelers, from James Franco to William Friedkin, to read from his autobiography, the filmmaker Samantha Fuller evokes the inimitable voice and spirit of her father, the legendary writer-director Sam Fuller. Shot entirely within “The Shack,” as Fuller called the backyard writing refuge he filled with notes for future projects, the film follows Fuller on his path from New York tabloid journalist to Hollywood hyphenate, including his formative experiences as an infantryman in World War II. Generously illustrated with scenes from his films and newly discovered home movies, A Fuller Life is a celebration of a passionate individualist and a major American artist.
dir. Samuel Fuller, USA, 1963,
16mm, 101mins. b/w
In Shock Corridor, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, insanity closes in on him. Constance Towers costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on racism and other hot-button issues in sixties America and its daring photography by Stanley Cortez, Shock Corridor has had far-reaching influence.