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The Game of Death

The Game of Death

A Feature film by Thomas Bornot

Production year : 2010



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    1156 - The Game of Death

    The Game of Death


    The Game of Death

    Christophe Nick, Thomas Bornot | France | 95 mins

    This controversial documentary made headlines worldwide when it screened recently in France. The film follows 80 people signing up for a pilot game show. In fact, the show was a ruse, they were really taking part in an adaptation of the infamous Milgram experiments; a 1960s study in authority and obedience involving volunteers administering electric shocks.

    In the TV version, a glamorous presenter orders the contestants to zap their fellow players when they fail to answer a question correctly. The participant is not actually ‘shocked,’ but neither the questioner or audience are aware of this – and his shrieks are convincing. Behind the scenes, a team of psychologists analyse the outcomes. The project was billed as a warning against blindly obeying authority, but the palpable distress of the participants raises as many questions about the manipulative power of television itself.

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    Feature film

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

    Current status :

    Approval :

    Posters (2)


    Festival Selections (3)

    TIFF - 2010

    TIFF (Canada, 2010)


    Real to Reel Documentaries

    Sydney - Film Festival - 2010

    Sydney - Film Festival (Australia, 2010)


    Push me to the edge


    TIFF - 2010

    TIFF (Canada, 2010)


    Director : Thomas Bornot