One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Milos Forman, 1975, 133 min., RATED R
Introduction by curator Sarah A. Leavitt, Ph.D.
Inspired by the exhibition Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017, the National Building Museum is partnering with the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theatre and Cultural Center to present One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Kirk Douglas acquired the rights to Ken Kesey's 1962 novel prior to publication, but none of the studios wanted to get behind a movie version. A decade later, son Michael Douglas took over the reins as a producer, and, still without a studio on board, at just 30 years old, he made the film with Saul Zaentz, and the rest is movie history. Jack Nicholson made his rogue/antihero reputation with the role of McMurphy, rallying his fellow psychiatric ward inmates against the authoritarianism of Louise Fletcher's Nurse Ratched (#5 on AFI 100 Heroes and Villains list).
Only the second movie to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director for Miloš Forman, Best Actor and Actress for Nicholson and Fletcher, and Best Screenplay, Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman). Filmed on location in a disused wing of Oregon State Hospital, which still functions as a mental health facility and even includes an exhibit about the film in its new Museum of Mental Health.
Tickets may be purchased at the AFI box office or online.
Location: AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland. Metro: Red Line to Silver Spring.
$9.50 AFI members (2 star level & up) and National Building Museum members (must present membership card at Box Office)
$13.00 General Admission$10 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military
$8 Children (12 and under)
Special thanks to the AFI Silver for its collaboration, including Director of Programming Todd Hitchcock.