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Michael Almereyda

Sundance 2015: Michael Almereyda's 'Experimenter' slyly delivers jolts

Sundance 2015: Michael Almereyda's 'Experimenter' slyly delivers jolts

Though they took place more than 50 years ago, the obedience experiments of renowned social psychologist Stanley Milgram have not lost their power to provoke and disturb. But when writer-director Michael Almereyda set out to examine the man and his work, something very different was on his mind.

"I wanted the film to be very playful, because that was part of Milgram's character," the director says of his sly and thoughtful film "Experimenter," which was shown in Sundance's premieres section and stars Peter Sarsgaard as Milgram and Winona Ryder as his wife. "I wanted the kind of movie he would have made himself."

Certainly Milgram's 1961 experiment...