Magnolia Pictures has released the first poster for Experimenter, writer-director Michael Almereyda’s upcoming biographical drama, whcih stars Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University known for his controversial study into obedience, the Milgram experiment. Check it out here…
Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment in which people think they’re delivering electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room.
Subjects are told it’s about memory, but the experiment is really about conformity, conscience, and free will. Milgram is trying to come to terms with the Holocaust and to test people’s tendency to comply with authority.
Milgram meets Sasha (Winona Ryder), a former dancer living in New York. Their courtship includes a visit to the Yale lab, where Milgram’s experiment has yielded disturbing results: 65 per cent of Milgram’s subjects deliver shocks that may be fatal, obeying polite commands from a lab-coated authority figure (John Palladino).
Experimenter opens in the States on October 16th, with a cast that also includes Winona Ryder, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Antony Yelchin, Lor Singer, Dennis Haysbert, Anthony Edwards and Taryn Manning.