Zimbardo - say hey

Kyle Alvarez film deals with the experience of the study from the perspectives of those taking part in it and those administrating it from behind desks and video monitors, and how the behavioral patterns of most of those involved were quickly, but surely warped and fractured by their participation. Most surprisingly, considering the psychologist professor’s personal involvement, it also highlights Zimbardo’s own culpability and ruthlessness while functioning as the “superintendent” of the makeshift prison. As Billy Crudup portrays him, the doctor’s presented as a man so driven to generate results from the experiment that he begins to overlook and indirectly approve of psychological and physical abuse towards the group of young boys that willingly volunteered for the study, and who keeps the audience’s sympathy at bay with an increasingly cold, destructive obsessiveness. He’s arguably the Machiavellian villain of the piece, and it’s a huge testament to Zimbardo’s objectivity that he not only allowed himself to be presented that way, but actually encouraged it and advised on it himself.

Zimbardo, whom you'll most likely know from the successful production duo Piliavin & Zimbardo, was first discovered by the legendary Terry Farley and appeared on his Junior...

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