Our gallery was updated with screencaptures of Winona’s latest work, Experimenter, that was released on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital last January 5. The film, directed by Michael Almereyda, stars Peter Saarsgard as the social psychologist Stanley Milgram, which in 1961 conducted the “obedience experiments” at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. Winona plays Sasha Menkin Milgram, his wife.
Winona promoted the film on Sundance Festival, on San Francisco Festival and on New York Film Festival, before being released in October. Experimenter was high rated at Rotten Tomatoes score with 88% Fresh.
Now in her 40s, Winona Ryder is finally getting what she wants. “I feel like only recently I’ve hit a point where I’m actually old enough to play my age, which is a tremendous relief,” says Ryder when we sat down at the Crosby Street Hotel last Tuesday. An icon of 90s culture, Ryder became the decade’s go-to “waifish ingenue” with films like Reality Bites, Heathers, and Girl, Interrupted but has moved beyond that in her career, and is now getting to take on the more mature roles she’s always wanted to play. With her latest film, Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter, Ryder portrays Sasha Milgram, the wife of controversial social psychologist Stanley Milgram, whose obedience experiments shocked the 1960s. Starring opposite a compelling Peter Saarsgard, Ryder delivers a delicate yet captivating performance as the woman who was not only his partner, but his emotional anchor. Breaking down the barriers between memory and reality, Almereyda brings his imaginative and intelligent touch to the story of Milgram’s work, crafting a character portrait in the way only he can.
With Experimenter out in theaters this Friday, we sat down with Ryder to chat more about working with Almereyda, the female characters she admires, and re-teaming with Tim Burton for Beetlejuice.
I’m such a fan of Michael’s films. It’s the way he chooses to approach universally known material and make it totally his own that’s so interesting—whether it’s Stanley Milgram or Hamlet.
Me too! He’s actually someone I’ve known since I was 16.
How did you meet him then?
I met him at the Independent Spirit Awards the year Down by Law was there.
Winona attended last night a Experimenter screening at the New York Film Festival. She was joined by co-stars Peter Sarsgaard and director Michael Almereyda in a Q&A held before the screening. A party was held after, in which she attended with boyfriend Scott Mackinlay Hahn.
Check over 100 HQ pictures added in our gallery. Experimenter is set for limited release (check theaters) and on demand on next October 16.
The first trailer for Michael Almereyda’s (“Hamlet,” “Cymbeline”) “Experimenter” has arrived, accompained by a poster. Peter Sarsgaard leads a stellar ensemble cast which includes Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Dennis Haysbert, and more, in the dramatized tale of Stanley Milgram’s “obedience research” at Yale in the 1960s. Here’s the official synopsis:
In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the “obedience experiments” at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmannâ€™s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgramâ€™s Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster. EXPERIMENTER invites us inside Milgramâ€™s whirring mind, beginning with his obedience research and wending a path to uncover how inner obsessions and the times in which he lived shaped a parade of human behavior inquiries.
“Experimenter” opens on October 15th. Check out the trailer and a clip from the film below.
Last Thursday Winona attended the San Francisco International Film Festival for a Experimenter gala premiere. She was joined by director Michael Almereyda and Alan Elms (who was a research assistant to Stanley Milgram) for a Q&A. I have added 68 pictures in our gallery, with a HUGE help of my friend Carol, and you can follow the links for the pics: