The Analysis of the „Das Experiment” Movie

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The Analysis of the „Das Experiment” Movie

By | April 2012
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The script of the movie "Das Experiment" was written by Mario Giordano's book "Black Box". The book is based on the real events that took place in 1971 and received the name of the Stanford Prison Experiment, organized by the American scientist Philip Zimbardo. The movie reflects many of the real events of the Stanford Prison Experiment, with the addition of the violent and sexual scenes in order to enhance the psychological effect on the audience. This experiment is a psychological research of the following individual and group processes: •human reaction to the personal restraint and restraint of liberty •role behavior in the situation of imprisonment

behavior of people caught up in the extreme conditions
the impact of imposed social roles on behavior
the processes of group dynamics and social influence

The movie is about a diverse group of 20 paid male participants that agree to be locked in a jail a psychological experiment. They are. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and 24 hour surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are assigned positions as either prisoners or wardens (guards). The 'prisoners' are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the 'guards' are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Every reasonable person, knowing that he participates in the experiment, believes that nothing can dislodge it from the track; he will be calm and keep a balanced mental state. The results of the experiment are staggering. Scheduled for two weeks, the experiment was interrupted for 5 days already. People completely lost their sense of the reality. The movie clearly shows that in the extreme situations, people may behave completely inappropriately, humiliating and insulting people who are subject to them. Along with the psychological stress increases and the aggressive potential. Peace-loving people who started the experiment in a quiet environment, and...