Studio 360: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Kurt Andersen

Studio 360: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

By Kurt Andersen

  • Release Date: 2013-09-21
  • Genre: Arts & Entertainment
  • ℗ © 2013 WNYC New York and Public Radio International

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Summary : Studio 360: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey had worked in a mental hospital, but his first novel was really a parable of what happens when you stand up to the Man ¿ a counterculture fable that doesn¿t end well. Despite his far-reaching influence, Kesey was shut out by filmmakers who turned the story into an Oscar-sweeping phenomenon. Cuckoo¿s Nest changed how many people thought about mental illness and institutions. Sherman Alexie debunks the myth of the silent Indian; we visit Oregon State Hospital, where the director played himself on screen; a psychiatrist explains how the movie gave mental hospitals a bad name, with tragic consequences; and actress Louise Fletcher takes us into the mind of one of the most fearsome movie villains, the sweet-faced Nurse Ratched. ¿She doesn¿t see her behavior as it really is. Who does? Who sees that they¿re really evil?¿ [Broadcast Date: September 21, 2013]

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